End of year exams can send the stress and study meters running high. But after they’re all over, winding down is critical! How can you get your ‘relax’ back?
1. Clear Your Study Area
Nothing says ‘I’m winding down’ like getting rid of all those notes and textbooks! You won’t want to chuck/destroy/shred anything, but filing books and papers away can help clear your headspace and get rid of the last of your stress. As they say – out of sight, out of mind!
2. Vent to a Fellow Student
If your mind is wrought with anxiety about how you did on your exams, a good old b*tch session can help. Grab a fellow student (preferably one you like) and ask if you can have a chat about your post-exam stress. You can vent about the stupidity of questions asked, discuss the multiple choices included and generally rant to your heart’s content.
3. Write a ‘Journal’ Entry
Looking for a more solitary wind down activity? Journal writing is a wonderful way to get your stresses out! Grab a book or diary and scribble down all your thoughts and emotions about your academic year. How were your exams? What subjects did you love/hate this year? What did you achieve? What are you looking forward to?
4. Get Outside
End of year also means summertime – and now that you don’t have to study, you can make the most of the outdoors! Hit the beach, go camping, picnic in the park or go for a run.
Whatever you do, make sure it takes place outside.
5. Catch Up On Your Catch-Ups
Social time with friends and family is a perfect solution for a post-exam wind-down, especially if you’ve been forced to curb your socialising in place of study. If there are those you’ve been meaning to catch up with, do so now. You’ll feel better for it and it’s also an excellent reason to connect over Christmas.
6. Get Yourself a Time-Consuming Treat
Now that studying is over, arrange to fill your time with other awesomely lazy ‘sit on the couch’ activities. You could pick up a new novel to read, treat yourself to a video game or two, dedicate some couch time to a bunch of new or old movies – or whatever tickles your free-time fancy!
7. Play Sport or Exercise
Being physically active is a great way to wind down and relax after your exams. Experts say that exercising is a great way to relieve stress and boost positivity since during sessions good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin are released in the brain. Getting hot and sweaty can also help release tension and give you a renewed sense of energy.
Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be hardcore – even things like yoga, walking, swimming or stretching/breathing can help.
8. Do Something New
Studying for a whole year can take its toll. If you haven’t had a chance to change up your routines or discover new interests, now is a great time to get started!
Forget your exams and start something new – get involved in a new sport, pick up a new hobby, see a new band or show or do something that you’ve never done before! You’ll be surprised at how quickly it helps you wind down.
9. Take the Pressure Off Yourself!
Winding down can become difficult after the exam period if you’re constantly worried about how you did. It’s important to stay calm after your exam. In addition to engaging in the above activities, say to yourself: I did my best! I’m proud of myself!
10. Get Out of Town
Changing your scenery can be a wonderful way to relax and unwind. Now that exams are over, make an effort to get out of town and go on a holiday, even if it’s just for a weekend. If you can’t possibly leave, organise to stay somewhere different in your town–such as in an apartment by the beach or a fancy hotel in the CBD.
11. Kick-Start Your Job Search
Were these your last exams EVER? Hurrah! But if you’re the type that just loves to keep pushing forward, starting your job search may be an awesome way to both wind down and ramp up. Job searching can give you a clearer idea of what’s going on in your industry’s job market and it can also give you a boost of energy for your upcoming career journey.
If you conduct a search and feel a bit deterred though, don’t freak out. Markets can be quiet at the end of the year, so keep looking for the holidays.
Whatever works for you, don’t forget to give yourself that much-deserved pat on the back – exams are over! Now go have some fun!