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How to stay healthy during exam season

30 April 2021

Revising in the lead up to your exams can be very time-consuming, so it’s easy to forget about your own mental and physical health. UCL student Toni Oduwole gives her top tips to making sure you look after yourself during exam season.

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1. Eat well

One of the first steps to staying healthy during exam season is eating balanced meals. 

The task of cooking everyday might seem like too much after revision time, however meal planning and storing prepped food to eat a few days in advance overcomes this problem. 

Thinking of meal ideas for the week ahead, then going to the supermarket with a list of food items makes grocery shopping much easier. 

Meal prepping is a healthy and cheap way to the fuel your body with the nutrients required for a full day of studying and overcomes the temptation of ordering unhealthy fast food. 

Make sure not to skip meals even if you are hard at work; eating when you feel hungry is important in keeping energised. 

Aiming to do a large weekly shop means you will be stocked up not only on items to make meals, but also on snacks that you can bring to study spaces. 

2. Exercise

Exercise is another important aspect of staying healthy. 

If going to the gym or for a run isn’t for you, try walking. It’s the perfect way to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise each day whilst breaking up your revision time. 

Choose to go on a walk with friends socially distanced, or by yourself with headphones on so you can listen to some good music or a podcast. 

If you’re in London, a walk in Primrose Hill park is a must – the sunsets are beautiful! 

3. Get enough sleep 

Sleep is important for memory and overall wellbeing. For the average adult, 7 or more hours of sleep each night is recommended. 

Trouble sleeping at night may be due to working very late, so try to finish studying earlier and unwind before bed by doing something you enjoy. 

Another tip for a good night’s sleep is avoiding your phone before bed as the blue light can interfere with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. 

Aim to read a book instead as this will help in promoting sleep.

4. Practice mindfulness

Practising mindfulness is proven for a healthy mind – this is easy to neglect during exam season. 

Mindfulness lowers stress and allows you to be more focused. It also gives you the opportunity to pause and take a break from revision. 

The app Headspace has guidance on meditation and sleeping. It’s the perfect app for anyone who wants to start practising mindfulness.

Remember that although exams are important so is your physical and mental health, so make sure to look after yourself, your body will thank you for it!

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