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How People Deal With Exam Stress And 12 Good Ways Suggested

How People Deal With Exam Stress And 12 Good Ways Suggested

I don’t think that there is a student out there who hasn’t had his or her fair share of stress. I’m not usually one to complain, but college can often feel like you are thrust into a hectic world where everything you want from life is at stake. Your academic future seems like its hanging by a thread, and you begin to think that it all comes down on just how well you do on an exam. People will tell you that failing an exam is not the end of the world, but it’s up to each student to try and cope with their own fear of failure. One of the biggest problems is that we tend to be quite good at finding ways of distracting ourselves instead of facing the problem. This leads to a self-perpetuating and never-ending cycle of watching TV to help us relax, and then getting even more stressed because we wasted so much time, which again makes us want to take a break and distract our mind. We might have what it takes to become successful, but it still takes plenty of hard work to put that potential to good use.

Over the years some students have managed to find relatively effective ways of coping with all the extra exam stress, and, as luck would have it, there are lots of smart people out there who documented the strategies that gave the best results. If you want to be able to effectively calm your nerves before an exam, and ensure that you stay focused and motivated, it is important to look at the scientific side of things. In this incredibly useful infographic the numbers talk for themselves – the majority of students have a problem with concentration leading up to a big exam, but there are a number of proven solutions. When researchers compiled the best strategies for calming the nerves, they came up with some interesting results. These twelve tried and true strategies can be just the thing you need to get things under control and keep your eyes on the prize.

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

    “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

    “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

    As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

    Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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    The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

    To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

    1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

    Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

    “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

    2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

    Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

    3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

    If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

    It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

    4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

    One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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    If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

    5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

    It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

    If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

    Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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    6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

    If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

    7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

    If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

    So, How To Get out of Busyness?

    Take a look at these articles to help you get unstuck:

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