Saturday, April 25, 2009

How To Relax Before Final Exams

How to Relax Before Final Exams
By eHow Education Editor

For most people, relaxing before final exams may prove just as difficult as learning advanced calculus or chemistry. The extra stress affects your overall health and well being, as well as your grades, so steal a moment to take a deep breath and relax.


Prepare for the exam prior to the night before. The earlier you start studying, the more comfortable you will feel with the material. Give yourself at least a week (or two) to review course material. Stop cramming about an hour before the test, so you can focus on relaxing instead.

Step away from the computer and books every now and then. Physical activity lets you relax, focus your thoughts better, clear your head and get your juices running. Take regular breaks while studying, and then try taking a short walk just before final exams start.

Breathe deep and easily. Deep breathing offers an easy method of reducing stress. Simply close your eyes, relax your body, breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Repeat until you feel calm. This works while studying and just before the actual exam. Try it in your seat instead of cramming!

Laugh out loud. If you have a problem laughing alone, watch a short movie or sitcom. Instead of having a breakdown, let yourself laugh and find humor in any situation. This keeps anger, depression and anxiety from setting in.

Visualize yourself calm and in control during your exam. Visualization techniques help reduce anxiety and prepare you for exams. Spend a few moments the night before and in the last moments prior to an exam visualizing yourself relaxed and ready to work.

Rest the night before a final. You will do better on a good night's sleep, as opposed to fighting to stay awake during a test. You also need sleep for your mind to comprehend and answer complex questions, so make sure you arrive to exams well rested.

Arrive early. Double check the location and time of your exams and plan on arriving early, so you do not feel rushed. This also gives you time to practice a few relaxation exercises.

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