A marathon study session or working non stop to finish the task may seem like a great idea, but you can wear out your willpower and concentration. “When you use all your energy to keep yourself studying, you can’t use that same energy to control your worry or your stress about it.” This can lead to freak-outs of major proportions.
So when you start feeling fatigued, take a break and do something that replenishes you, such as noshing on a light snack or taking a 10 or 20 minute walk outside or close your eyes listening to a music, before hitting the books or work again.
Anxiety pops up when your mind is not on the present moment: You’re trying to study, but you’re worrying about your next exam. Or you’re taking the exam while stressing about something your boyfriend said. Sometimes u need to to take a break, and before you knew it, u understand faster!
Does it seem like everything’s stressing you out? “Sometimes it turns out the entire source of your stress is just one thing, and yet because you’re so stressed you feel like you can’t do the other things”…. Make a list and set the timeline, because crossing things off a list has its own stress-reducing reward.
You already know that lack of sleep makes it harder to kick stress to the curb. The question is: How can you catch your eight hours when you’re in a dorm full of partyers, and your roommate considers 3 a.m. prime study time?
Also, daytime naps as short as 15 to 20 minutes can help you feel refreshed after a poor night’s sleep.
Yes, a small snack can help replenish your energy during a study session, but it’s easy to distract yourself from stress with copious amounts of food, which causes pounds to pile on, which causes more stress — you get the picture. Instead of chowing down an entire bag of tortilla chips whenever you feel anxious about a project or exam.
Distract yourself with a nonfood activity you enjoy. Read your favorite blog or a short magazine article, or click on the TV for some news headlines, or get outside for a quick walk around your dorm building. Your urge for mindless eating should go away so you can return to studying /work — without a junk-food break. 😉