De-Stressing During Exams

HELLO HUMANS. I have seen on social media several people several stressing over exams and studying at all hours, and worrying about their marks so I wanted to do a blog post outlining a few ways that you can destress.

Find a hobby that is actually fun. No don’t go to the gym if that doesn’t make you happy like people tell you to do, try something else. Try colouring, trying reading a book (and a gasp because who reads for pleasure nowadays), or just try  a new fun makeup look! My personal fave hobby is the art of the crochet, currently I’m making a toque with a pompom. My other hobby is pool but you know since I don’t have a pool table the art of crochet will do.

Take a step away from studying. Okay, I get it many folks study ALL DAY for like 8 hours and need certain grades to get into certain programs. I mean if it works for you then by all means continue doing you but for me I find I do better on exams if I don’t study all day leading up to the days of the exam and all day before. Yes I am in a different, more concept based program, but I find that studying 2-3 hours a day and planning out which lectures I want to study makes me retain the knowledge better. So I suggest (obviously I’m not a professional) to take a step back from studying and also to take a look at the bigger picture. YES grades matter for many programs, but when you are older, and in an actual career its not going to matter if you got a 65 in a class, what is going to matter is that you actually learned something that you can apply to your future.

FaceTime your pet. Okay so not everyone has a pet they can FaceTime, some of you might be pet-less, others might have a pet at school with them (lucky butts).   But I find that FaceTiming my wee Buttons is so amazing, because her very virtual presence puts me at ease and I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH. Again another picture of my cat.

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Have a pamper night. I’m not going lie I have recently gotten very into face masks. I used to think they were a sham but honestly they are so relaxing. I did an at home facial recently and it was the best damn decision I made all week. I recently got the Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Anti-stress mask that is an amazing refreshing mask!

And remember fellow students, exams are not representative of your intelligence and your worth, you can get through this.


Week 2

Well, as promised I am blogging about my jogging journey. This week is the second week of my walker to runner plan. I had a busy week, a 50% midterm, meetings, a bonding event, but I met the neighbours cat so that was a highlight. I also finally found a grey overcoat for under $30 so winning!

Monday  Oct 10. Ah Canadian thanksgiving, well folks I did the un thinkable, I actually went to the gym to do week 2 of my running plan. It was actually really good, my lungs didn’t give out. It was a walk 1 run 3 for 28 minutes. I have to say the gym wasn’t busy and it was glorious. Sometimes when the gym is super busy it can be a nuisance because you may not get a treadmill with a water bottle holder or get one at all. But that didn’t happen on Monday because everyone was at home. Perks of staying at school for thanksgiving.

Wednesday Oct 12. Today was a busy day, class, meeting, class, and studying for my 50% midterm. Normally, I would let all this business stop me from running, but not this time. I’m working on being as committed as possible to improving my running skills. Anyway, this day the gym was so busy. On top of that I was having one of those days so the run went just as expected. I also didn’t get a treadmill with a water bottle holder so that was rough and my pants were super uncomfortable. But alas I finished the run and went on home to study.

Saturday Oct 15. Yes, I moved my run to Saturday.  I had a bonding event on Friday then needed to go to the grocery store which turned into winners, forever 21 and simple wandering. This run on Saturday was difficult, my lungs were more inflamed than usual (thanks allergies). I also need to replace my inhaler so that’s part of the issue. But anyhoo, I did it and it felt good to do finish! I also made homemade French fries so that made up for the lungs.

Until next time folks, enjoy midterm season or whatever else you are doing in your lives!