Healthy Minds Tip: Stress Less for Exam Success

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Whether final exams or final papers are looming, the last few weeks of a term can be a stressful period for most of us.  It can be challenging to find a balance between the demands of daily life like grocery shopping or laundry, and the extra commitments around earning those final grades.

Taking time to manage your stress is important, especially during these busier times, so you can reach your academic goals.

When it comes to managing stress, the key is identifying what works for you.For some people, relaxation activities may be the key to relieving tension and stress.  Try a quick meditation exercise, a walk around campus or a drop-in class offered by the UBC Yoga Club.

For others, however, socializing with friends and families may be helpful.  Enjoy a lunch break with a close friend or call a loved one. Regardless of your preference, remember to take time for yourself during the exam period.

If stress is interfering with your academic work, there are plenty of resources to help you through the exam time and the rest of the academic year. The Learning Commons, for example, offers a number of academic support services like exam prep and time management toolkits.  Peer Academic Coaches are also available to help you develop a plan to tackle the exam period.

If  internet or gaming is preventing you from performing at your best, check out this quick self-assessment provided by SFU.

Finally, Live Well, Learn Well has articles to get you motivated to have your best exam season ever.

Stress Less for Exam Success fair – Join us on April 4!

On Wednesday, April 4, you are also invited to drop by the second annual Stress Less for Exam Success in the Chapman Learning Commons and Centre for Student Involvement.
This year’s event will feature activities to both relax and energize you. A number of fun activities are planned for the day including a free and healthy breakfast, nutritious snacks, games, and animal visits.