ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Tips for Overcoming Final Exam Anxiety and Stress

Updated on December 9, 2015

5 Things to Do:

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep
  2. Eat Food That Your Body Wants
  3. Clean Your Room or Study Space
  4. Organize Your Time - and Stick to It
  5. Take Time to Relax

Falling Asleep In Class
Falling Asleep In Class | Source

Get Plenty of Sleep

Everyone needs sleep, that is undeniable, but how much sleep do we really need? According to the National Sleep Foundation, Teenagers (ages 14 - 17) need on average 8-10 hours of sleep per night, Young Adults (ages 18 - 25) need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and Adults (ages 26-64) also need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you meeting this criteria?


Your Brain and Sleep

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

See results
Yummy Pizza! Brain Food vs. Soul Food
Yummy Pizza! Brain Food vs. Soul Food | Source

Eat Food Your Body Wants

You may be craving that cheesy piece of pizza or that chocolate-filled gooey cookie; however, your body truly does not want it! These foods are not necessarily bad to eat, everything in moderation, but during finals week you want to be eating brain food rather than soul food!

So what are some brain powered foods to munch on while you study?

  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Cashews
  • Green Tea
  • Bananas
  • Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Leafy Greens (such as Kale, Romaine, Cilantro)
  • Sweet Potatoes

Messy Desk - Get Your Space Organized Before You Study
Messy Desk - Get Your Space Organized Before You Study | Source

Clean Your Room or Study Space

Many people have a hard time focusing while they study, by cleaning up your room - or wherever you study - it will be easier to keep focused on the material. I know, I know, I don't want to sound like your mom nagging ... but do it for yourself!

Daily Planner - So Important for Staying Organized
Daily Planner - So Important for Staying Organized | Source

Organize Your Time - And Stick to It

I can not stress this tip enough! Break up your day into specific sections with start and end times and stick to them! Use the following sample categories to get started:

  • Sleep
  • Eat
  • Personal Time (showering, getting ready to go to class, driving to work, etc.)
  • Work
  • Study
  • Class
  • Time with Friends
  • Time with Family
  • Exercise
  • Relax

The more detailed you are with your schedule the weeks before final exams (or even days before) the less the anxiety and stress that will creep over you.

Source

Take Time to Relax

As you sip cup after cup of coffee while cramming for your final exams relaxation is more than likely the last thing on your mind; however, it is important in moderation. If you don't take any time to relax you will ultimately burn out and thus less information will be retained. Just like your body needs a break from exercise to rebuild muscle, so does your brain from studying to retain information. A rule of thumb is 10-15 minutes of relaxation for every hour spent studying. Also, don't just turn from your computer or book to the TV for relaxation, get up and get your blood moving! Go for a quick walk, do some jumping jacks, dance to some music! Whatever floats your boat and gets your blood pumping!

How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia

How often do you experience stress and anxiety during finals week?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)