The best ways to avoid study stress

We know that the closer the Leaving Certificate gets, the greater the stress you place on yourself to study. However, a clear mind going into exam time is crucial to reaching your points potential. Here, we go through the most effective ways to keep your stress levels at a manageable level in your quest to achieve maximum points.

  • Clear your head

It may sound like an Irish Mammy cliché but fresh air will do you the world of good. Go for a brisk walk, a jog or even puck a sliotar off your garden wall for 10 minutes. Getting free of the sight of piled-up textbooks for a small while every day will help you cope with any pressure you may be feeling.

  • Vocalise your stress

If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload, tell someone about it. Whether it be a family member, friend, or even your pet dog (they are easily the best listeners), articulating your problems will help to solve them.

  • Plan, plan, plan

It may seem like a no-brainer but ensuring that you have a comprehensive, constantly up-to-date study plan will do wonders for keeping exam stress at bay. Keep time free for exercise, downtime and the odd lie-in!

  • Do something different

Variety is the spice of life – making sure that you do something out of the ordinary every once in awhile can help to counter against the monotony of studying. If you haven’t been out much, hit the town with friends! Go shopping, hill-walking, surfing; even go to see the latest release in the cinema – maximising your enjoyment of free time will make returning to the books that little bit easier.

  • Organised study space, organised headspace

De-cluttering your study space can help you to feel more organised and at ease with the tasks facing you. A clear room and study space can mean a clear head for when you need  to get down to work.


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