And how is it affecting your
- sleeping pattern
- you overall sense of well-being?
The higher your stress levels, the more you are just surviving. If we can understand what causes stress, then we can do something about it and we can actually reduce the stress in your life so that you thrive more and more each day.
Example 1 - studying for exams
Exam time is coming up and you are stressing. Maybe you don't know the material that well. You desire that the exams, were not on your doorstep, that you studied more or something else. You might be worried that you are going to fail and you desire that you will pass. Stress is caused by "fighting" with what is, instead of accepting what is and making the best of it.
Did you know that whole brain functions better that than the sum of the different sections together? When all parts work in unison, we get Creative Listening, Serf-actualized communication, My Rhythm, Language with meaning and more.
Below you will find a short video that shows you how to switch-on your brain for the day within five minutes, by using the Brain Gym® exercises called PACE. It helps to do these exercises before you study, during study breaks and especially before you write your exams. They don't only help with studying, they improve all daily life activities.
You are tired because you didn't sleep enough, because you had to study late, you are worried about the exams or some other reason. I invite you to do a little experiment with me. Tell yourself that you are tired. What happens to your posture and energy levels. Have you noticed that your shoulders droop and your energy levels dropped even further.
How to function more effectively with the lack of sleep. It is important that we don't tell ourselves that we are tired. But telling ourselves we are fresh and awake is probably not going to work either, because it feels like a lie. The best is not to say anything and just focus on the task at hand. Worrying about the lack of sleep makes things worse, because the stress causes the brain to switch off, as described above.
Sleep is important for your memory. Did you know that during your deep sleep you move memories from your short term memory to the long term memory. This makes that you can remember things better and for longer. So if it is possible, plan your sleep time in your study time.
How to Thrive during Exams
The key to doing well in your exams is that you:
- Reduce stress as much as possible, by accepting the present time as is.
- Think as little as possible about your past and/or future, while you are studying or writing your exams
- Do your Brain Gym daily
- Do you best to sleep properly at night.
Good Luck to all of you who are going to write exams soon!