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“Exams may be challenging, but it is crucial for students to keep in mind that overstressing themselves can only cause problems and hinder them from performing their best, especially if they struggle to manage exam anxiety. Remember that it’s normal to experience some level of stress before exams, but with proper planning, self-care, and a positive mindset, you can tackle exams with confidence and success.” – Rupal Kanakia, Chairperson, RBKEI

Six Ways Students Can Manage Stress During Exams!

February 28, 2024

For millions of students across India, the months of March to May signify a time to perform well in their exams and achieve their academic goals, along with juggling stress. A little nervousness before a test is normal and can help students sharpen their minds and focus their attention. However, excessive stress can be detrimental to both students’ physical and mental well-being. For this reason, maintaining composure while being motivated is crucial for success in a demanding academic setting.

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Here are six ways students can manage their stress levels, maximise their performance, and maintain focus without compromising their physical or emotional health.

Get enough sleep: A sufficient sleep schedule improves a student’s overall health and wellbeing. In order to enhance their concentration, maintain focus, and achieve better academic results, youngsters need to get the proper amount of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep is a major part of lowering stress levels, even though it may seem obvious. It is advised that you sleep for at least eight hours per night, but ten or nine would be much better. Students can unwind before sleeping by listening to music or practicing meditation at least an hour before they go to bed.

Eat healthy and stay hydrated: Make sure you are eating adequately and healthy. Don’t forget to add fruits to your diet, stay hydrated, and steer clear of sugary drinks like soda, which can raise your blood sugar levels before falling, as well as caffeinated drinks like coffee or energy drinks, which can make you feel more anxious.

Stay active: Even for little periods of time each day, moving around can help reduce stress during exam season. Stretching, yoga, or even just taking a stroll could be enough.

Unplug: Limit your screen time during exams. Even a five-minute break from your computer and other gadgets will help you refocus and clear your head. To improve your study and lessen the stress of exams, turn off notifications or set your smartphone to “do not disturb” when you are studying.

Learn relaxation techniques: Mindful, deep breathing techniques can almost instantly alleviate stress. In order to reduce stress, breathing exercises can be a helpful tool when studying at home or during an exam.

Reach out for support: If you feel too overwhelmed by the situation, reach out to your teacher, or a friend. Sharing your concerns can help you through feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that cause or worsen anxiety.

Author: Ms. Nalini Shetty, Principal, RBK School (ICSE), Mira Road


Chairperson, RBKEI

Committed to giving people across India access to education and literacy, she is extremely passionate about her vision. It is through education that Ms. Rupal Kanakia wants to enable women and the youth of today to progress tomorrow.


Director, RBKEI

Determined to create a world-class atmosphere for early childhood learning that is balanced and encouraging. Ms. Niyati strives to usher young learners onto the path of learning eternal values and develop them to reach the best of their potential.