Exam De-stress techniques

The 2014 Exam De-Stress Programme will run 7th-16th April and 24th April-2nd May 2014. This will include Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology, Osteopathy and Soccer. For more information or to book any of these sessions please email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie

The Chaplaincy will be holding a pre-exam Mass each exam day at 8am followed by a take-away "Breakfast-in-a-bag". Exam support personnel will be available at each exam venue to offer help, support, advice and practical assistance to students before, during and after exams.

Exam de-stress tips!

Sleep Well: Get 6 to 8 hours, at least on most nights, and you will be able to concentrate better, recall in-formation, and keep up your energy levels

Eat Well: Don't skip meals, especially breakfast. Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals instead of 3 bigger ones. Pack a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, or some cheese and crackers as a healthy snack.

Drink Water: Staying hydrated helps to keep you alert. Avoid too many energy drinks or other caffeine-laced beverages, as caffeine impairs your study ability.

Take Rest Breaks: Taking rest breaks during times of high mental stress enhances your energy levels and your ability to concentrate and retain vital information. Get up, stretch your body, walk around, go outside to re-oxygenate yourself and grab a drink.

Move Your Body: Exercise is vital at any time, but especially during exams. Just 15 minutes of physical activity will help to keep you alert, calm and focused.

Learn Relaxation: Find a technique you like and practice it before the exams so you will be able to use it if needed during an exam.

Think Positively! You can do this!

Riskybizzness Blog

With exam time coming up students may feel stressed and uncertain how to approach exams and revision. Help is at hand, however, from NUI Galway's health promotion unit blog riskybizzness.blogspot.ie.

The blog has posted up articles with information on all aspects of exams. There are top tips for exam preparations, information on nutrition and relaxation techniques.

The blog also has information on a low cost Exam De-stress Programme created specifically for NUIG students. The programme includes Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy and Reflexology. For details see www.riskybizzness.blogspot.ie or contact the health promotion unit at 091 492048

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