5 Ways To Reduce Stress This Exam Season

by Natalie Froome

 

Exam season is upon us, which means only one thing: stress levels go through the roof. The library is constantly packed, filled with seat-hoggers and silent-floor-talkers. Many students struggle in these times, so along with knowing that you’re not alone, here are some tips to combat exam stress:

1. TAKE A BREAK

If you’re revising 24/7 most of the information you’re reading won’t be going into your brain. Chunk up your revision and break it down by topic, taking regular breaks in-between sections. This will make it seem far more manageable.

2. GET SOME EXCERSISE!

Those breaks we were just talking about? Don’t just go on to Netflix or browse Facebook for half an hour – get up and get walking. The lake takes around 30 mins-1hr to walk around and the scenery and nature you’ll see on the way is a great way to let your mind wander and relax. Exercising releases feel-good chemicals and can help burn off the extra calories from all those revision snacks.

3. EAT WELL

It’s so easy to eat crap in exam season. Ready meals, rustlers and pot noodles seem to be so much more tempting when you’re running short on time. Eating badly, however, will make you feel bad. Grease and fat are not conducive to heavy brain-work and can make you feel sluggish. Sugar can also give you highs and lows, leading to mood swings and a lack of focus. Take mums advice and eat your vegetables, making sure you get three balanced meals a day. Hydration is also really important for concentration, particularly if the weather is hot.

4. KEEP IN TOUCH

Don’t shut yourself away. Humans are social by nature; we need to interact. If you’ve got a lot to revise it can be tempting to live glued to your laptop or notebooks, emerging only for toilet breaks and the odd bit of sleep. This isolation will make you feel like crap. 0/10 do not recommend. Talking to people face-to-face and meeting for shared revision breaks with friends can be a great mood-booster.

5. DON’T GET PUT OFF BY OTHERS

Keeping in touch with your friends is so important, but make sure they don’t affect how you feel about your own chances. There will always be those people who boast about revising 10 hrs a day, or the snakes who claim to have done nothing then show up to the exam with a wedge of colour coded notes. Ignore these people! They’re probably feeling just as anxious as you. Comparing yourself to others is never helpful and neither is competing. Focus on what you’re doing.

If the stress of exams is getting too much and affecting your everyday life, then it may be worth seeing your academic advisor for help. The learning support team at the Dean of Students are also a resource that can be used. They have loads of useful information sheets on time management and referencing (for example.) Whatever you do, just remember, you’re not on your own.

(photo courtesy of Léa Dubedout at https://unsplash.com/@leadbt)

Nights Out in Norwich – Staying Safe

by Beth Papworth

 

Norwich is one of the safest cities in the UK, however, it is important for UEA students to feel safe on nights out and in order to achieve this there are crucial pieces of advice to know.

First of all, make sure that you don’t leave your drink unattended – someone could spike it when you’re not looking. A crime survey by ITV showed that one in ten people have had their drink spiked, though not all cases have led to sexual assault. Most students do not report their drink being spiked because they’re embarrassed, ashamed or do not remember what happened. My advice is to pay close attention to your drink and make sure it is never left unguarded! If you believe your drink, or a friends, has been spiked seek medical attention immediately.

Another way for UEA students to be safe on a night out is to avoid walking home alone in early hours of the morning. It is best to leave the night club with a group of friends or to save money by sharing a taxi with them on the way home. Not only is this economically cheaper than getting one by yourself, but you are also much safer in a larger group of people. A UEA student informed me, ‘‘I don’t feel safe walking alone at night, but if I am with friends then I am granted some degree of safety.’’ Students at UEA would feel much safer if they choose to stick to a group of people to avoid unsafe situations on nights out, especially as clubbing does involve alcohol consumption and this can alter people’s behaviour.

In the rare situation that you find yourself in a dangerous situation on a night out, do remember that you have the ability to make yourself safer by keeping your wits about you and sticking to a group of people!

Don’t forget that the SU operates a Safe Taxi Scheme to get you home safely, even if you are out of cash. All you have to do is call the taxi company to give them your student number and name, the company will then send an invoice to the Students Union who will pay for your travel. You’ll be asked to pay the money back but the scheme ensures students can get home safe and sound after a night out.

These are the taxi companies currently taking part:

ABC Taxi

Loyal Taxi

Best Way Taxi

5 Star Taxi

Canary Taxi

Courtesy Taxi

Cathedral Cars

Green Frogs

Beeline Taxi

(photo courtesy of Marcela Laskoski at https://unsplash.com/@ponicornio)