in comparison to my last post I wrote, the weather has drastically changed; the sun has been beaming for three days straight in contrast to the turmoil of weather we’ve experienced since the start of this year. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s aligned with us entering the second quarter of the year.
I find stillness during this time to be something I find hard to acclimatise with as this time of year, the second quarter of the year, is commonly exam season. stress is high, sleep is a mere dream and having a social life or doing anything that isn’t revising or studying, makes you feel guilty to the core (which probably doesn’t stop you from doing it either way…).
there tends to be a stigma attached to exam season, where you can’t take time for yourself or even doing so, makes you feel as if you are geared towards failing and to be doing anything other than revision/studying is wrong. but, if you take a step back and actually look at this mindset, it’s slightly unhealthy. if I’m being honest, I’m not completely sure of where I’m going with these words/trail of thoughts, but, from one student to another, I want you know that during this season:
- it’s okay to take a break
- eating is important, and so is sleep
- exams are important but they do not define your worth.
you’ve got to remember that if you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be able to succeed to your full potential. your body carries you through this process of getting to the exam, your brain stores the knowledge you need in order to do the exam, and your mind is important in allowing you to interlink the two and get them to work together, and to make you feel sane and able to do your exams.
the body and the mind are interlinked, they co-exist, one is nothing without the other. so I’m telling you, fellow human – yes, you – that although exams are important and you should do the best that you can in preparing for them, but to get through them and fulfil that dream that you want, in order to get there you need your mind and your body.
don’t sabotage your health for an exam. do your best, work as hard as you can, but within healthy boundaries. you’re going to do amazing, and you have all the potential to get where you want to be, to get the grades you want, and to be your current, ideal self. it takes effort and commitment, it takes looking after yourself, it takes rest. you are capable, you are brilliant, intelligent, talented, valued, resilient and loved. don’t limit yourself, but don’t stress yourself.
prepare, execute and succeed. you’ve got this.