It is normal to panic or be overwhelmed by exams, but it is vital to restore your body and mind to a calm state when they are over.
Your focus is pointed heavily in the direction of books, computers and classrooms in the run-up to the exams. The pressure is likely to have disrupted your life balance, even though you may have used some techniques to cope with the situation.
Relaxed, deep and conscious breathing is the fastest and most effective way of getting rid of the unnecessary stress and balancing your body and mind.
Spend a couple of minutes doing this each day for better long-term results.
Here are some other suggestions to re-direct and recover.
Enjoy doing them in the days after exams and you'll soon feel renewed and revitalised. After all, your life does not revolve around exams.
Reflect and relax
Consider what you could have done differently which will ensure that when exams come around the next time, you will see improvements. You might need to better plan your preparation or use more suitable study methods. Write this down and be determined to do it when you next prepare for exams. Then get into relax mode. Accept that the exams are behind you and you cannot change what's in the past.
Eat lots of fruit and vegetables to provide the proper nutrition to your body. Be fully aware and when you eat, enjoy each flavour, taste and texture.
Participate in activities that will take you out into the sunshine and fresh air. Long walks, jogging, playing tennis, cycling or swimming will actively engage your attention.
Energy levels rise as you exercise more. Include music where appropriate (iPods are great to use when jogging or cycling) for additional bounce and vibe.
The best medicine
Humour is fabulous for stress relief. Watch comedies on television or look up jokes or amusing anecdotes and stories in books or on the internet.
You could keep a list of those that really get you giggling and include them in an exam recovery ritual which you can use as a form of celebration each time you complete a series of exams.
Restore neglected relationships
Re-connect with your family and friends. Catch up with what has been going on in their lives.
Spend quality time with them. Tune in to what they're saying and participate in group activities.
If you have pets, they, too, deserve some extra caring and attention.
Go to bed a little earlier in the evenings, and where possible, sleep a little later - especially over weekends. Use sleep to rest your body thoroughly.
Hover on a hobby
Find something that you enjoy doing - some positive change from the routine of the past weeks. A form of creative expression such as art or writing could benefit your mental well-being.