by extramarks - Academics - October 10, 2018October 10, 2018 This #WorldMentalHealthDay, Keep Yourself Stress-Free with These Healthy Study Habits Every year, the World Health Organization observes World Mental Health Day on 10th October with an aim to increase awareness about the significance of maintaining mental health, especially among youngsters. This year, the theme for the day is “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.” Teenagers and early adults go through various changes in life, which can take a serious toll on their mental well-being. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illness find roots in humans by the age of 14. The feelings of doubt, self-consciousness, uncertainty along with peer pressure and stress can take easy roots in this age-group and must be addressed to ensure a healthy and happy adolescence. Studies, competition, race to score more and anxiety about a successful future are real issues which students are battling every day. This Mental Health Day, we thought of sharing with you some expert advice on how you can reduce the pressure and make the experience of studying a stress-free one. Here are a few study habits that can help ensure a healthier life: 1. Find yourself the best study space When preparing for exams, students need to study with unwavering focus and concentration. It is essential that you create a study space as per your preferences and personality. Identify the space where you are the most comfortable and surround yourselves with things that make you happy and relaxed like, motivational quotes, colourful interiors and favourite flowers. Keeping the study table clean and organized can help you better concentrate on their studies. 2. Well-designed study plan Like we said in the first point, organization is very important. So, now that you’ve organized your study space, you need to be smart with your time and allocate based on your strengths and improvement areas. Make sure you are devoting more time to subjects which need more attention. Make a date-wise timetable of your exams and accordingly give yourself enough days for preparation before each exam. Cramming everything a night before the test won’t help achieve your study objective. 3. Test yourself Re-studying your textbooks will not help you understand and memorize concepts. What you really need to do is to put your knowledge to test. So, take a lot of practice tests. Assign each test a time. This will teach you how to manage your time and help build up your writing speed in the final exam, ensuring that you don’t miss out on any questions. Remember, practice is the key to learning. 4. Nourishment for the body and mind A healthy body and mind are equally important to ensure a stress-free life. So, make sure you eat foods that provide you nourishment, like almonds, walnuts, eggs and fresh fruits. Avoid junk foods as they affect your concentration and cause fatigue. Also, it is imperative that you eat your meals on time and not skip any, else that too can cause fatigue and loss of focus. But eating healthy cannot alone assure your mental well-being. Your mind needs to rest too, and for that sleep is necessary. Ensure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Moreover, set your sleeping pattern as lack of sleep can also cause undue stress to your mind. 5. Take short breaks “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Studying for hours at a stretch can be counterproductive. Take short breaks after every 2-3 hours, indulge yourself in activities that relax you. Take a walk outside; fresh air and soaking some sun can do wonders for your brain. Finally, staying hydrated throughout your revision period and on exam day can help keep your brain relaxed and working to its best capacity. And if you’re feeling too stressed, remember your parents and teachers are always there to guide you. We, at Extramarks, recognize the importance of psychological well-being along with the need to pace up and do well. We, hence, focus on making learning an experience full of fun and interactivity, which also makes concepts clear. Thus, we take the stress out of learning, helping students become confident, engaged and happy learners.