It doesn’t matter how much you’ve studied and prepared, those pre-exam jitters are all too real! The next time you’re feeling tense before an exam, give some of these quick and easy de-stress tricks a shot.
1. Use pressure points.
Whether you believe in acupressure or not, it’s worth trying out! After all, it only takes a few seconds of your time. Measure the length of three fingers placed on your wrist — you’ll want to focus on the spot right below that. Take your thumb and firmly press and hold this spot for about 30 seconds, and repeat as needed. Feel calmer, yet?
2. Listen to music.
Did you know that there’s actually research showing the link between music and stress reduction? Just another reason to pop in those headphones while you walk over to your exam!
3. Try aromatherapy.
There are quite a few essential oils out there that have great stress-busting qualities — like lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and jasmine. You can diffuse these oils in your room the night before an exam, or — if you’re on the go — look for a roll-on version that you can apply directly to your skin.
4. Focus on your breathing.
Breathing exercises are great because you can practice them anywhere — even in class while you’re waiting for your professor to hand out your exam! Try this simple exercise: Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, exhale through your mouth for another 4 counts, then repeat.
5. Have a laugh.
It’s more than just a good distraction — laughing also helps soothe your body’s stress responses. We know you have some hilarious memes waiting for you on your Instagram’s Explore tab, so give it a quick scroll-through before you head into your exam!
6. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
How many times do you notice your muscles tense up when you’re stressed? Probably all the time, right? Progressive Muscle Relaxation is based off the idea that you can’t feel stress or anxiety if your muscles are physically relaxed — make sense? Focusing on one muscle group at a time, slowly tighten your muscles as you take a deep breath in. After holding it for a few seconds, you can then exhale and relax those muscles. Repeat until you’ve covered every muscle group and feel completely relaxed. Here‘s a great guide if you’re just getting started.
Do you have any tips we didn’t list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!