Hello students,

Have you ever felt so tired in the middle of your exam period that you could not cope with the workload anymore? That feeling often brings along despair and, in the worst cases, hinders your capacity to do well in your exams. We at Ozford value your mental health, which is why we aim to give you help and tips when we can. We will see today a few tips regarding why we might feel tired during intense work and study periods and what we can do to prevent exhaustion and burnout.

Eat well

One of the main factors of feeling well is eating well. Don’t let work take over your lunch break; take a 30-minute or hour-long pause and make sure to feed yourself properly. You might feel like you’re saving time by skipping a meal to get something done, but what you don’t realize is that you would most likely be more productive after having food and taking a restful break. Moreover, make sure you have a balanced diet: feeding yourself off 7-eleven sandwiches and iced coffees will not make you feel all that energized in the long run.

Don’t leave the most complex work to the last minute

It is often tempting, when you get home, to just drop your bags and go for a rest after school. Then, you might not feel like studying yet, so you will probably get on your computer to play video games or browse through your social media feeds. Finally, you remember that your homework is due tomorrow, and you start doing it after you’ve cooled down from school. That now sounds like an unpleasant idea; since you’re not in your study mood anymore, you can’t focus as much.

Why not get the most demanding work done first thing after getting home and properly relax afterward since you won’t have anything to stress out about anymore? You might feel a bit lazy at first to do your hardest work back to back with your stressful day, but you will most likely be more productive and probably get it done sooner than if you did it last thing at night.

Give yourself meaningful breaks

Let’s not confuse this point and the previous one. While the other is related to getting everything done in one stretch during the day, this relates to having meaningful breaks in the middle of your study sessions. Whether it is chatting with friends, sleeping, listening to music, meditating, do whatever gets your body moving and your mind to relax from work.

Not enough sleep is bad

If you thought that staying up until very late would help you get this assignment done before the deadline, I beg to differ. You are just hindering your productivity for the day after, which could be exactly what helps you submit on time. Instead of pushing yourself too much at night, try to sleep earlier to wake up fresher and ready to tackle another day of thorough work on your assignments!

Too much sleep is bad

Similarly, extra sleep in the morning can cause the exact opposite effect of what you might want to achieve. Snoozing your alarm to get an extra 5 minutes of sleep will make you more tired, as your body will initially attempt to get back into its state of deep sleep, but your subsequent alarms will interrupt this cycle.

Let us know after applying all this advice how tired you still feel. We sure hope that we helped improve your focus in all of your activities, and don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the staff members if you need support with anything bigger that may be impacting your mental health.