Ways to Relax During the Exams

Student looking stressed out over the Exams

We all know that exams can be quite exhausting. From studying for hours on end, to the never leaving stress and the actual exams themselves, it is no surprise that we need a few breaks. However, long breaks are something most of us cannot afford during that period. So, how about we take a look at a few small things we could do to give our brain a mini break.

Go on mini walks.

Getting some fresh air is essential to your brain and beneficial to your studying. Getting outside will give your brain the fresh air it needs, and it will refresh you. Walks don’t have to be long. They can either be 5 minutes around your neighbourhood or a small walk to your favourite coffee shop. You’ve been studying for ages, so why not reward yourself with a coffee too? 

Cook a meal.

During exams most of us live off fast food, instant noodles, and toasties. Why not take a small break and cook something quick for your launch or dinner? Look up a quick and easy recipe on Pinterest and enjoy. Besides food is fuel for your brain, so the better you eat, the better you study. Don’t forget to snack on a bit of chocolate now and then, it helps with studying and it tastes good!

Release your Stress.

Stress can be subliminal, leading to bad sleep, a bad mood and a constant panicky state, most of the times without us realising. So, it’s good to find small ways to release that stress. Play an instrument for a while, draw or write a mini story. There is no way someone can study all day nonstop, so use the breaks that you take to your advantage. Sometimes a 5-minute Instagram break can do more harm than good but playing a musical instrument or writing a short story will probably benefit you more.


Now I know this tip isn’t for everyone. Sometimes stress gets too much and doing anything apart from studying or taking very small breaks, seems too much and is overwhelming. I’m guilty of that feeling. A good work out session, or a good run, however, are really good for your brain during exams. Exercising will you help you release all the built-up stress and anger, and it will also give you more energy to go back home and power through your notes!

Have a Limit.

It’s good to know when to stop studying as well. There is no use in pulling an all-nighter, or study for hours on end with no break, if you know your brain won’t consume any information. You are going to reach a point in the day where you will read a paragraph again and again because your brain seems to keep ignoring the information on it. That is a good indication that you need a break. Moreover, if you know that you won’t absorb any more information after 10 o’clock at night, for example, then stop studying after 22:00. It is better to get a good night’s sleep and wake up fresh the next day ready to study more, rather than keep pushing yourselves to the point of collapsing.

Meet up with Friends.

Finally, find some time to meet up with a friend and go on a mini walk or for a coffee. You both probably need the break and sometimes a walk with a friend is way better and more relaxing than a walk alone with your thoughts. Our brains tend to overthink and even when you’re done reading and go for a walk, your brain won’t necessarily stop thinking of exams. If you’re with a friend however, the distraction will be beneficial to your brain and it will actually help you relax for a bit.

As this period is extremely stressful, the least we could do for our poor brains is give them small breaks. Go put on your study hats and slay those exams! But don’t forget to take those small breaks!

Written by student journalist Penny
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