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How To Stay Mentally Healthy During Exams

Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality health coverage, sheds light on strategies and practices to help students maintain a positive mental state throughout their exams.


“As the academic year draws to a close, the pressure on students to perform well in their exams grows,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.


“While some stress can be a good thing, giving students a motivation push to study, excess stress and anxiety associated with exam preparation and performance can impact a child’s mental health, resulting in sleep disturbances, reduced cognitive performance, and burnout.”


Affinity Health provides tips that can help students stay mentally healthy during exams.


Regular physical activity is a powerful tool for stress management. You should encourage your child to take short breaks for a brisk walk or a quick workout to clear their mind and improve focus. Endorphins, natural mood elevators, are released during exercise, making students more positive.

Hydration and Nutrition

A well-balanced diet and adequate hydration are essential for cognitive function and emotional stability. During exams, it’s easy to neglect proper nutrition in favour of quick snacks and excessive caffeine. Providing your child with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can provide the energy and nutrients required for peak mental performance.

Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to increased stress, decreased cognitive function, and emotional instability. The National Sleep Foundation recommends students get about nine hours of sleep a night, especially during exam season and after revision sessions.

Techniques for Mindfulness and Relaxation

Mindfulness, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can all help to alleviate anxiety and improve concentration. Guided meditation sessions and relaxation exercises are easily accessible for your child through mobile apps and online resources.

Time Management

Effective time management is essential for academic success as well as mental health. Students should plan a study schedule that includes breaks and leisure activities. Time management tools and apps can help streamline study routines.

Seek Assistance

If students feel overwhelmed, they should not be afraid to seek help from friends, family, or mental health professionals. Talking about their worries and stresses can provide them with relief and perspective. Counselling services are frequently made available to students in need by educational institutions.

Limit Social Media Distractions

While technology can be a helpful study tool, excessive social media and digital distractions can reduce productivity and exacerbate stress. Setting screen time limits and using website blockers during study sessions can help you stay focused.

Maintain a Balanced Perspective

It’s a piece of advice often heard, but it holds: exams don’t determine everything in your child’s life. Regardless of their exam outcomes, success can still be achieved. If the results don’t meet your child’s expectations, remember to keep things in perspective. You should remind your child that their worth as a person extends far beyond their performance in exams.

About Affinity Health

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