Yesterday was my first official exam here in Pau. 8am on a Saturday, if that’s not student cruelty, I don’t know what is. With the pressure of getting the grades and the sheer amount of content to learn for the courses, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning under all that revision. To combat this, I’ve come up with a few ideas for things to do when you just need to take a break from it all.
Remember that gym pass that you bought in the New Year with the very best of intentions? It’s time to make the most out of it! Not only will this give you a much-needed break from that long list of facts and figures that you have to learn, the endorphins produced by exercise will help ease any feeling of stress or being overwhelmed. For those of us who prefer being outside, take advantage of any breaks in the rain to go for a walk or a run. If you’re in Oadby, head for the botanical gardens, and for those of you in Leicester, check out the routes along the canal! If you have a car, head to Bradgate Park for an afternoon!
- Make plans with friends
Take time out from your studies to catch up with your friends. Ban any talk of exams and just enjoy spending some stress-free time together. From pizza and films to the pub or club to laser quest or mini golf, the possibilities are endless. Everyone needs a break and creating plans will give you something to look forward to when you’re going over those flashcards for the 20th time.
Again, the benefits of this are twofold. Not only does baking allow for a rainy-day break from your studies, you get to eat any tasty treats that you’ve made! As chocolate is scientifically proven to make everything better, here’s my super easy brownie recipe!
Ingredients: 200g butter, 100g each milk and dark chocolate, 250g sugar, 5 eggs, 1tbsp plain flour.
Method: 1) Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave. 2) Mix in the sugar. 3) Stir in the eggs one at a time. 4) Mix in the flour. 5) Grease small baking dish, pour in the mixture and cook on 190 degrees for 30 minutes.
Maintaining a regular sleep schedule during exam season is important. I always try to get my revision for the day done by dinner time so I can use the time after to relax, catch up on Netflix, read a book or just generally unwind before bedtime. Sometimes, I find it difficult to sleep when I’m stressing about the work I still have to do. To combat this, I’ve found that Calm has a great selection of sleep stories which never fail to send me to sleep (in a good way). The app is currently offering a 7 day free trial or 30 day guest pass.
So there you have it, a few suggestions of things to do in your down time. Remember, if the stress of exams becomes too much, the university offers a free Mental Wellbeing Service, just email email@example.com or visit their offices in the Charles Wilson Building. As always, if you have anything to add on this topic or any questions, just drop me a message below!