Mind, Body and Soul: How To Have A Post-Exam Glow Up
Now that I’ve *drum-roll*…FINISHED uni, I have nothing else to say on the topic of academia. Instead, with exam season nearly over, and summer round the corner, I thought I’d share my tips and tricks for recuperating in the post exam period so you can step into summer as the best version of yourself. I definitely felt burned out by the end of the year, and so if this is you, implementing some of these suggestions may help your mind, body and soul.
- Move Your Body
This is the first thing I do when I finish an exam. It helps release all the built-up adrenalin and prevents me from going over and over what I had written in my head! This doesn’t have to be a full-blown gym workout, some yoga or a simple stroll in the sun are sometimes even better if your cortisol levels are already peaking.
Ok, roll your eyes if you want to, but seriously, everyone should give this a go. It has so many benefits: in terms of managing stress, making you more self-aware, and aiding creativity. I had my doubts too initially, and I notice when I don’t practise frequently enough, I find focusing my mind becomes more difficult. But the more you practise, the easier it becomes, and it totally has the power to change your whole day. If you don’t feel like you can sit focusing on breathwork for very long, try a guided meditation.
Again, a fantastic one for letting your mind have free reign. I notice when I need to journal: if I am feeling particularly anxious or stressed about something, writing it all down releases that feeling of having it all bottled-up. Journaling can also be used for writing down things you’re thankful for, or things you appreciate and love about yourself.
- Do Something For You
The likelihood is, you’ve been cooped up in your bedroom revising for weeks on end. Do something that YOU enjoy. For me, I scheduled a nail appointment in for the day after exams finished. It allowed me to completely destress and feel pretty! Choose whatever it is that you enjoy…
- Have fun!
Life shouldn’t all be about meditating and working hard in the gym! It’s equally important to let your hair down, particularly after exams, so that you can celebrate all your hard work. In fact, if you only ever work hard and never give yourself chance to chill out, this is EXACTLY what will lead to burnout. Balance, in all aspects of life, is key! Did someone mention a gin and tonic with the gals…?!