In between back aches, sleepless nights, and negative thoughts like “There’s no way I can do this!” we are tasked to write exams, and write them well. We get so stressed that we neglect to take care of that one very important factor stuck in them middle of the looming chaos: you.
So whenever your internal voice starts speaking up, consider listening to it. Maybe these are your fears and anxieties reaching a tipping point, and they may turn into anger and defeat. Don’t let them. Instead, take the opportunity in the awareness of your emotions and hit pause. It’s time to Reset.
Now look, I already know what you’re thinking: “I don’t have time” What if I told you that each of the 8 tips listed below only take One Minute (or less) to perform? Keep reading to find out for yourself, and have the best exam period yet!*
Time: 15-30 seconds
The best way to get a boost of energy from the comfort of your seat, with little to no attention being drawn to you, is to give your body a little shake.
Start with your fingers, then roll your wrists. Get your toes wiggling and then your ankles. This quick but effective movement will get blood flowing through some often neglected body parts, and likely get some cracks out too.
If you’re feeling daring or are studying in a private space, consider getting up from your seat and giving your whole body a shake, one part at a time.
Time: 10 – 30 seconds
The thing about studying indoors is that we forget there is anything outside of the four walls of the library.
If you can, sit by the window and crack it open. The fresh air will do wonders for your lungs. Fresh air generates fresh ideas, and a fresh perspective.
Breathe in the crisp air… and breathe out your fear!
Time: 30 seconds – 1 minute
I know what you’re thinking: I don’t want to waste paper, ink, or harm the environment with 80 pages of Karl Marx that I’m never going to read again.
But there’s just something about the good ol’ paper and highlighter that breaks the consistency of screen and keyboard. You will find that your eyes will be less tired and you will get through more readings.
Even better, you finally get to use up your Good On One Side (GOOS) paper!
Time: Depends on where your new location is!
A change of scenery goes a long way. If you’re cooped up in your bedroom, why not venture out to a local coffee shop?
A new atmosphere will Reset your study flow so that you get a new burst of energy, and will be able to focus better.
Bonus points if you find a new study spot!
Time: 1 minute, repeated several times throughout your study session.
Here are some of my favourite stretches to help combat “student syndrome”:
Time: 45 seconds – 1 minute
The only sustainable solution to the looming neck ache you get from sitting hunched over is using heat!
Heat up a heating pad in the microwave (ideally one that fits the contours of your shoulders and neck). Apply it to your shoulders and be mindful of your posture.
Voilà– less aches and pains while studying!
Time: 1 minute
Sometimes you just need the extra push to get you to take care of your mindset and emotional state. The Reset Zone App offers tons of video tools that facilitate this process!
We have breathing exercises, simple body movements, and other tools from certified Wellness Professionals – and they only take ONE MINUTE to do.
The Reset Zone App accommodates the intensity of whichever emotion you are feeling. Feeling just a little anxious? There’s a tool for that. Feeling like you’re on the verge of an anxiety attack? There’s a tool for that too.
The best part is that by downloading the App, you will have an at-your-fingertips solution wherever you are studying.
Best of luck this exam season! Be sure to tweet us @ResetZone and follow us on Instagram @Reset.Zone.
And remember – It only takes #1min2reset.
Communications Coordinator and Youth Ambassador
*Effectiveness may vary from person to person