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Cheap (and fun) ways to release your exam stress

By FreshSocial 06 Apr 2018

It's like you blinked and you're back to submitting coursework and writing revision timetables...


Exam season is easily one of the most stressful times at university but there are lots of easy ways you can stay on top of it and smash it! 

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Stress is caused by a little hormone called cortisol, which is good in small doses because it helps your body deal with stressful situations, but don't let your cortisol levels get too high. If you do, there are plenty of activities that will help lower your stress levels:

Have a laugh: Nobody said that exam season has to be a sad and boring - after all, laughter is the best medicine! Laughing releases endorphins (your body's natural painkiller) and is the most natural cure for a stressful day. Choose your revision buddies carefully or watch a stand-up comedy show during your revision breaks. 

Eat some spicy food: Well, you've got to eat between your revision sessions so why not go for something spicy? Once your food has settled, it releases endorphins around your body, instantly making you happier. This doesn't mean ordering a curry from your favourite takeaway though, add some chilli to your favourite dishes to switch up your mealtimes! 

Pet a puppy: Some universities introduce puppy rooms during exam periods so you can go and have a cuddle to help you chill out. Does your university have one? If not, go for a walk to your nearest park (that'll help too) and you'll see some cute pups whilst you're there! Lots of studies show that animal interaction rapidly decreases your cortisol levels...



Go easy on the caffeine: Are you the type of student who grabs a coffee or energy drink whenever you're stressed? Well, it will instantly make you feel better BUT in about 3 or 4 hours you will crash and then it can make you feel more anxious and stressed. Water will be your saviour and if you want to switch it up, add some fruit to it. Might it be worth investing in a cheap infusion bottle?

Have some chocolate: Chocolate is a treat that we encourage, but only dark! It contains over 70% cocoa meaning it's a mainly natural food so it's another food that gets lots of happy hormones pumping around your body and leaves you feeling nice and relaxed. That's exactly what you need when you've been writing coursework or revising all day - just don't have too much...

Don't underestimate a good night's sleep: If you're staying up late or constantly waking up in the night, you'll seriously struggle the next day and your grades might too. Sometimes it's easier said than done but try to stay off your technology in bed, keep a consistent routine and don't let your room get too warm.

April is Stress Awareness Month so we'll be giving you lots of handy tips all month to help with your university-related stress! 

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