I spent way too many years thinking that the best approach was to use every bit of time I could to study, even if this meant getting really sleep deprived and not eating healthily. There is increasing evidence that self-care is important in performance, especially if you are going to be studying for a long period of time. Schedule in time to exercise, even if it is only a few minutes per day, eat regularly and well and wind down before going to sleep. Aside from improving your performance, good self-care also helps you to manage stress during high pressure times. Make a list of things you like to do to relax and schedule relax-and-recharge time especially if your exam is still a long way off.
Contributors: Sasha Nair from Chic Balance