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    The importance of good sleep and relaxing music during exam season

    It’s April meaning that exam season has officially started. *cue thunderstorm*  It’s time to focus, go to the library and hit the books so you can get the best grade possible!

    As we get a day closer to exams, the inevitable anxiety creeps in slowly, here are some tips to help you look after yourself during and after exam season

    1. Get enough sleep

    There really is no need to put yourself through a 9 hour revision session, just to tire yourself out and barely get any sleep. In short, pulling these all-nighters are not healthy… but you should be sleeping for at least 8 hours. Remember that the best food for the brain is sleep. That way you’re more likely to  concentrate better and as a result you’ll find it easier to tackle that tough 30 mark question in your exam.

    2. Create a revision playlist

    Music is known to greatly affect our mood throughout our lives. That is why I feel that especially during exam season we tend to get stressed and panic a lot, so I would suggest creating a playlist filled with calming, downtempo music. Of course, upbeat songs can work for some people, however I wind up nearly bursting out into song and dancing with an upbeat song!

    Right now, I’m loving the likes of Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s younger sister), who has released a new album called When I Get Home. The soft, dulcet tones and overall production just gives me the boost I need to make sure I work effectively. One song that’s perfect for revision is ghostin by Ariana Grande. From her 5th album titled Thank U, Next, this is a 4 and a half minute ballad speculated to be a tribute to her late ex boyfriend. As sad and depressing the lyrics may be, it’s best to focus on the instrumental and the main vibe of the song.  Her harmonious and airy vocals colliding with an orchestra is very relaxing and soothing to listen to.

    If you prefer not to listen to music while you revise, you can always use white noise via YouTube; it blocks out any noise coming from any direction in order to help you concentrate better.

    3. Treat yourself

    Of course there’s no better feeling than being rewarded for your hard work. If you ever find yourself in a mental block during your revision session, just think about what is the one thing you want to have personally.  It’s a great way to motivate yourself to ensure that you cram in and retain as much information as is needed to pass your exams.

    Maybe after your last exam you could go to a restaurant and order whatever you want. Or you could go down to Oxford Street to buy those Apple AirPods you’ve been eyeing for a while. Treat yourself as freely as you want! (but obviously, spend your money wisely & responsibly)

    Happy revising and good luck to you all!

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