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Exam Stress and Exercise

By RGrant 25 Nov 2021

It’s everyone’s (least) favourite time of the year: exam season. The last-minute panic revision the night before, the fear of certain questions coming up and spending 48+ coffee fuelled hours in the library, are all common feelings when exam time comes around. 

Everyone has their own particular tips and tricks for dealing with the stress of preparing for exams; we’ll have a look at a few different ways in which you can help deal with that exam stress.

Physical Exercise

One area which has been linked to helping deal with stress is the use of physical exercise. This can have a positive effect on both physical and mental wellbeing. The mental struggle in the lead up to exams can be linked to the cause of stress and anxiety.

Studies from show that doing physical activity can improve mental health in a number of different ways.

  1. Better Sleep – making you feel tired by the end of the day.
  2. Happier Moods - physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy.
  3. Managing Stress & Anxiety - doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress, while being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times.

Free Student Membership

For the 2021/22 academic year RGU SPORT are offering a Free Student Membership, which can be used for the gym, swimming pool and group exercise sessions. It’s still available to take out online. Make the most of the membership opportunity and include some physical exercise breaks into your exam study schedule.

For information on memberships check out