During the preparation for various state subordinate exams aspirants have to face many issues like complying with a rigorous study schedule, living alone in matchbox-size rooms, managing expenses, attending coaching classes and maintaining health, etc. In the whole process of exam preparation stress, anxiety, and fatigue, etc are common factors that every aspirant needs to overcome.
While preparing for the exam and overcoming stress, the aspirants need to concentrate to give their best shot at their capacity.
How to Manage Stress while Exam Preparation?
What is Stress?
In human beings, it stands for emotional or physical tension. Stress can occur from any event or thought that makes an aspirant feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.
“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.”- Tiny Buddha
The above quote states that to be a diamond and shine you need to be able to handle stress well.
Impact of Stress
- A lot of stress leads to anxiety and fatigue in the aspirant, which may negatively impact productivity.
- It creates a feeling of fear which hampers the study hours of the aspirant. It may cost the selection in the merit list.
- Due to stress, physical fitness also gets affected.
How to overcome stress?
- Prepare a study plan- In the plan, the aspirant must include his/ her scheduled timings for all the GS papers, language papers, and the optional subject. Also, the aspirant also needs to incorporate a dedicated time for newspaper reading every day.
- Practice Yoga/meditation- Yoga is the most effective stress-buster. The aspirants can also spare some time for meditation, and breathing exercises like the Pranayama to feel stress-free and relaxed. Regular practice of yoga and meditation keeps the mind and body fit and healthy.
- Take a sound sleep- The aspirants need to understand that the body and mind, both need a proper rest time every day so that they can continue to work hard the next day. So have an adequate sleep of at least 6-7 hours per day.
- Eat right- Eat healthy food like fruits, vegetables (most probably green vegetables), and nuts. The aspirants need to avoid junk and fast food. Junk food is considered to be the biggest cause of depression too.
- Follow a hobby- The aspirants can follow their hobby which is the best way to minimize stress. It is a well-known fact that the vast syllabus needs a quite long time to cover, but you need to study it with a fresh mind.
- Power of positive thinking- The aspirants need to understand that positive thoughts play a key role in their selection. STOP NEGATIVE THOUGHTS LIKE, ‘I CAN’T HANDLE IT. IT’S TOO MUCH.’ The aspirants can watch inspirational movies, toppers’ talk on youtube, etc which can help them to set a positive mindset for exam preparation.
- Handling competition- An aspirant should never compare himself to other aspirants. Everyone is different and so are their style and pace of study. You should just stick to your study plan and focus.
- The aspirant is the solution to its own problem. Always think Jo Hoga, Acha Hoga.
In the end, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Prepare Well