Did anyone tell you that part of your exam preparation is maintaining your wellbeing? Exam time is stressful. We feel the pressure to excel, lose sleep as we study and perhaps don’t eat the best foods. All of this adds to the stress of exams, but there is a solution to this. Start your daily giving habit now, before exams start, to help you maintain your wellbeing and be resilient to the stress of exams.
The World Health Organization defines wellbeing as “the state in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community”. Wellbeing involves having positive self image and esteem. In the context of exams, this means doing the best you can, and preparing for your studying in a healthy and productive way. Yes this means study schedules, study groups, a study area that seperates your school life from your rest and playful life. Eat well and get enough sleep. Find support systems that understand your exam schedule and help you through the process.
Resilience is directly related to our wellbeing. It is about having the ability to cope with and adapt to new situations, new schedules and a change in our lives. Having a sense of resilience and positive wellbeing enables a person to approach other people, situations and changes with confidence and optimism. This is especially important for young people and students given the changes we experience as we transition into adolescence and adulthood.
There are various ways our schools, parents and friends teach us how to build and develop our resilience. Setting realistic, achievable and measurable goals in our academic and personal lives. Practicing positive self-talk. Maintain personal and fulfilling relationships at home, in school and within our communities.
Small acts of giving support our ability to build a healthy resilience and maintaining your wellbeing no matter what age. The very act of reaching out to other people, our planet or animals helps us to build a positive space around us, maintain healthy relationships through positive actions and expands our sense of community outside of our immediate selves. Amazing no? A simple smile to someone you don’t know, playing with a new kid at school, sharing your lunch, or taking the step to volunteer builds our resilience so we feel better, cope with our ever changing lives, and do well on our exams! Giving is known to increase our productivity, feel better and more positive about our ability to tackle tasks, and set us up for success!
What we love about small acts of giving is that they are just that, small, easy, acts that make you and who ever receives your small act happier. Your small act of giving can directly affect another person, the planet or an animal. For example. If you do an extra chore around the house like take out the garbage, that is a people give as you have taken a task from someone else. If you plant a bee friendly flower or bush on your pation or in your yard, that is a planet give that helps our environment. Giving towels to the local animal shelter or sending a thank you note to those who care for the animals at the shelter is an animal give.
See how easy this is? One simple act of giving everyday builds our resilience to support our wellbeing, makes us happy (woo hoo) and spreads that to others who receive the daily give. The more we give, the more people we positively effect. Our gives also encourage others to do the same so the cycle of happiness and wellbeing continues.
Exams test not only our knowledge but it also tests our ability to prepare for, engage in, and balance our schedules to be ready for the exams. In a nutshell, maintaining your wellbeing. Yup no one tells us that either. How we manage our time, focus on the task of studying and be able to keep a balance is part of the ‘test’. Being prepared for this is what will make you succeed in not only your exams but daily stresses and challenges we face. No one can study well if they are stressed, if they have negative self talk going on (you are so stupid you cant do this) or find goal setting hard. So start preparing by setting small giving goals everyday and executing those gives. Feel good about what you are doing and how you are positively effecting those around you, the environment you live in and the animals that share the planet with us.
Some days our mental health is too much for us to handle, and that is okay. If you are feeling depressed, panicked, or that life is just too much to handle, ask for help. See a counsellor at school, talk to your parents or a close friend. We all have days when things are just too much. This is when you can give the biggest give to yourself, and seek out help. Exam time can heighten our inability to cope, and the best thing to do is put everything down, and seek the advice of those who can help you. When you have found ways to deal with such disabling situations, go back to your small acts of giving to build up your resilience over a period of time.
So lets build your resilience before exams start. Get your free membership from 365give and start a giving habit that makes you and those around you happier, ready to face challenges and able to maintain a positive wellbeing no matter what life throws you on a daily basis. You can do this!