If you let your brain run at full speed all day while studying, you run the risk of overheating it, like a computer with too many programs open. To calm such overstimulated nerves, regular breaks and conscious relaxation are particularly important, especially in stressful times before exams. Therefore, plan small windows of time in your everyday life where you consciously take at least a short break.
- Breathe deeply: In stressful situations, we tend to breathe shallowly. The brain gets too little oxygen, headaches and tension are promoted. Therefore, consciously take time for a few deep breaths. Preferably in the fresh air to get (literally) new wind in your head.
- Relaxation exercises: Shut down your nervous system with the help of simple exercises. Stretch and lengthen your body, count your breath, or focus on the space around you. By consciously noticing a specific thing, you will automatically be distracted from your irritable mind and allow yourself a moment of peace.
- Autogenic training and progressive muscle relaxation: Use proven methods that have a calming effect on the nerves. By relaxing in a controlled manner, you counteract inner tension and draw new strength.
- Quick tip: If you need to relax quickly, run warm water over your hands for a few minutes. The soothing effect of the heat relaxes muscles and nerves.