Natural Ways to Decrease Stress Levels During Midterms

As midterms exams approach, it never hurts to be reminded of some self-care and organization tips. This post will quickly go over ways to feel calmer and content as you prep for exams.

1.     Writing a to-do list the night before can be very helpful. It has been proven that “brain-dumps” can help clear the mind and prioritize what work that is the most important. 

2.     Using online flashcard websites like Anki or Quizlet. These sites can be very helpful because you can see sets that other students have made and practice with those if you do not have time to make your own set. 

3.     Breaking it up and studying a little bit every day can make studying for many different classes a little more manageable. It can take any overwhelming pressure off.

4.     Tidying up your study space has been shown to significantly improve productivity. Burning candles or diffusing essential oils like the ones from Plant Therapy can make the environment more peaceful. Scents like peppermint and eucalyptus are invigorating and can have the ability to improve memory and concentration.

5.     Playing calming study music can ease the mind, improve memory, help with visualizing concepts better, and it also activates both the left and right hemispheres of the brain at the same time!

6.     As always, it is important to make sure the body and mind are getting adequate rest and nutritious foods. Taking a break to exercise or simply going for a walk can help break up the monotony. 

Best of luck on exams!

Resources:

https://www.fnu.edu/benefits-studying-music/

https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/study-and-training/help-with-study/how-to-study-better/top-10-study-tips