Monday, 31 March 2014

Exam De-stress Tips

 Exam de-stress tips!

Sleep Well: Get 6 to 8 hours, at least on most nights, and you will be able to concentrate better, recall in-formation, and keep up your energy levels
Eat Well: Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals instead of 3 bigger ones. Pack a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, or some cheese and crackers as a healthy snack.
Drink Water: Staying hydrated helps to keep you alert. Avoid too many energy drinks or other caffeine-laced beverages, as caffeine impairs your study ability, makes you jittery and interferes with sleep.
Take Rest Breaks: Taking rest breaks during times of high mental stress enhances your energy levels and your ability to concentrate and retain vital information. Get up, stretch your body, walk around, go outside to re-oxygenate yourself and grab a drink.
Move Your Body: Exercise is vital at any time, but especially during exams. Just 15 minutes of physical activity will help to keep you alert, calm and focused. Take a short walk along the river!
Learn Relaxation: Find a technique you like, such as guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation, and practice it  so you will be able to use it when needed during an exam or any other time (pick up the 'Mini Relaxations' handout in the Wellness Centre)
Think Positively!: You can do this!

Remember, there is plenty you can do to stop stress levels getting out of control. Remember, if you have problems or worries you feel you would like to talk about confidentially, contact Cindy Dring, Health Promotion Officer for NUI Galway at 091-492048. Alternatively e-mail her at or just drop in to Aras Ni Eimhigh.
For more on how to look good, feel good and be in charge of your life as a student at NUI Galway check out Student's Services Health Promotion

Remember excercise is a great way to unwind and is proven to keep your brain in peak condition. Check out the Kingfisher Gym  for a de-stressing workout or a swim, or book the Cages at Corrib Village  for a round of 5-aside soccer with your friends. To organise a game contact Kevin on 0861772589

Exam support personnel will be available at each exam venue to offer help, support, advice and practical assistance to students before, during and after exams. They will be clearly identifiable and are trained to respond appropriately to the many issues that can arise on the day of an exam. 

For an appointment with the Chaplain phone 091-495055 or email

For more see Chaplaincy 

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