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Keeping Fit and Eating Well during Exam Period

Exercise

Exercise is good for you. That is the first point that I’m going to address, but I’m sure you all know that. However, with all that exam stress on top on you, remaining fit is the least of your concern. To be honest, it shouldn’t be. If you feel that you should be dedicating all your time to revision in order to gain the best possible grades, then there’s nothing wrong with that. However, do you think your brain can handle all the heat? I feel that what individuals forget to realise is that exercising and keeping fit helps the brain function properly. Most importantly, it improves your sleep which also helps you revise efficiently. Even if you’re doing any last minute revision or you’ve realised that you haven’t left enough time to revise, spending all your time ‘cramming’ isn’t going to do you any good.

Take a Break

Take a break, go for a run or walk. Even if it’s only for ten minutes, it will make a difference! Not only will it rejuvenate your body, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to think through your revision and clearly sum up what needs to be done to make your revision more effective. Additionally, you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to conquer your work load.

Eat Well

Eating correctly during revision is also good for you, no surprise there! It will also prevent you from putting on any unnecessary weight. If you’re continuously eating junk, such as consuming big bars of chocolates, and not burning the calories, you’re going to add on the pounds. I know this, because this was what had happened to me and, as I walked past a mirror in New Look, I was astounded on what I saw!

Revise, but Don’t Let Revision Take over Your Life

That’s the thing – you don’t realise what happens to you because students are too busy cooped up in another world where revision takes over your life! Now, before you go all ‘devil’s advocate’ on me and argue that there’s nothing wrong with setting everything else aside and making revision your number one priority, then you haven’t understood my point.  I’m not saying that the time you dedicate to revise isn’t important and not worth it, of course it is! In fact, I admire those who push themselves and, furthermore, are ambitious in wanting to aim higher. However, there’s no point in pushing yourself to extremes if it’s only going to do be in your disadvantage. Nobody is out there to get you and, as they say, you are your own worst enemy.

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