Motivating Yourself During Exam Season
Hello all you lovely people, I hope everyone is keeping well and healthy. As I can imagine for most of you, it’s probably a really stressful time with exams in full-swing now, but hopefully you’re all looking after yourselves!
In aid of it being exam season at the moment, I wanted to dedicate this blog to trying to shed some light on ways I found useful in motivating myself during this period, in the hopes that it will help some of you out there struggling with this.
One thing I found super useful to motivate me was food. Now, if you’ve read any of my other blogs, I’ve probably mentioned food at least once in each of them. Food is literally my bestie and not only motivated me during exam season, but really kept me going when times were tough. This is solely due to the fact that food would fuel me to keep going, and the prospect of food and cooking/eating excited me so much that I would try to get as much work done and maximise productivity, knowing that I had the reward of food waiting for me. It sounds really weird, but this sort of logic can be applied to so many different things. You just need that end goal to incentivise you to work your butt off and keep pushing through with revision!
Another thing that motivates many people is exercise. This has also been proven scientifically because of the endorphins that are released during exercise and working out, but not only this, the other benefit is that it gives you a reason to get out of the house, get some fresh air and have social interactions with people. This is such an important part of the exam process. I’ll be completely honest with you guys – in the week leading up to my exams, I probably left the house once. I never realised the negative effect this had on me at the time, but upon reflection, my mood was so much lower and it just wasn’t healthy to be cooped up in my room for the entirety.
Finally, I want to remind you the importance of rewarding your hard work. Setting goals that you can reach is really beneficial, because it will motivate you to strive for them, but you’ll also be super happy once you’ve achieved that goal.
Try to remain as positive as you can during the exam period – take as many steps as you can until you get to a point of contentment and happiness. As always, if you ever need to chat, feel free to drop me a message!