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5 ways to combat exam fatigue

All the course work has been handed in. TOK, extended essay, CAS – all done and dusted. Nothing more you IB students can do on that front.
All the notes have been taken, sorted, and annotated.
Now the intense period of cramming is upon you.

Holy Moly where do you start – where do you finish?

Feel like you`re done already?
Feel like your head is filled with cotton wool, Minecraft, Tumblr, Cat videos?

Here`s FIVE things that can help stave off total brain fug:

1. FRESH Air – Open your window and breathe. Let out the smell of piles of abandoned clothes and forgotten revision snacks and BREATHE. Preferably out for twice as long as in. Long deep belly breaths. This physically stimulates the Vagus Nerve which in turn helps regulate your fight/flight impulses and in turn will boost your parasympathetic nervous system and calm you down.

2. DIGITAL DETOX. Turn off notifications. Set yourself manageable time slots for revision and put away the mobile/cell/handy and turn off the social media for that duration. Only allow yourself to look at your SM in your break times and then, only allow yourself a set amount of time to do so. DO NOT sleep with your phone, tablet etc near your head. It upsets your sleep patterns, the depth of your sleep and is it really necessary to be in contact with the world at 4 a.m. anyway?

3. GROUND yourself. Take your socks and shoes off and actually stand in the grass or on the bare Earth for at least five minutes a day. Take time to soak in the Earth`s energy and imagine all the rubbish stuff you`re harbouring dissipating into the Earth – to be recycled. If you are into the weird and wacky, you can degauss yourself. This gets rid of the magnetic smog you`ve been marinading yourself in for the past 5 years. You can do so by scanning a hairdryer all over your body, 20 cms away from you. Don`t point the blowy end towards you. You need to point the motor end towards you. BTW, it needs to be plugged in and turned on. It only takes a couple of minutes and should help clear the brain fog. Told you it was weird and wacky.

4. GET OUT. Get out of your bedroom. Get out of your house. Get out of town. Go somewhere, anywhere, just get out and get moving. A walk, a cycle ride, a tram ride. Break it up. Give your mum a break from her nagging and fretting. But don’t, I repeat, DO NOT get the break:study ratio wrong. You’ll only get an ear full from said mother if you stay out too long or if you get back in good time but then procrastinate for a further 30 minutes before you settle back down to the books. Just sayin`.

5. GET HELP. If it’s really getting too much, you feel panicky, can’t sleep, can’t eat, are shouting or gone into monosyllabic grunt phase, then get help. See a school counsellor, or an outside counsellor, get a massage. Better still, get Craniosacral Therapy. What’s that I hear you ask? Remember the bit at the top of the page about the Vagus Nerve, fight/flight etc? Well CST (for short) is an absolutely brilliant way of resetting your fight-flight impulse and putting your stress and anxiety levels back to neutral, so that you can ramp up the adrenalin for when you actually need it in the exams, but also so that you can switch over your rest/repose mode – properly calming down, heart rate lowering, blood pressure normalising. Aaaaahhhhh. Big relieving sigh. CST takes place, fully clothed, with a very light touch of the hand on the head or spinal column. Clients usually lie on the therapy table and often find they drift off, waking, fully refreshed, clear-headed and more able to make decisions and prioritise with ease. CST aids sleep, anxiety, muddle-headedness and improves focus and memory and recall.
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Shirley