Stress is a powerful emotion. It is powerful enough to overpower almost any other emotions, powerful enough to make one lose their focus and ability to cope with their life. Being an IIT-JEE aspirant is one of the most stressful things a student can go through. It is not uncommon to observe students losing their appetite and not sleeping a few months before the exams on the idea that it helps them to revise better. Spoiler alert- it doesn’t. It simply increases stress which not only increases unhappiness but also makes a major dent in the performance of the student.
The negative impacts of stress include both the physical and psychological toll it takes on any person. So the question arises, how does one deal with stress while preparing for the JEE exam?
Here are some tips from the toppers of the JEE Exam:
1. Have a positive mindset
It is a difficult task to ensure that you are constantly in a positive mood, and thinking positive thoughts. However, negative thoughts rarely inspire the energy or endurance required to get through JEE preparation- they do not make one feel motivated. Of course, negative thoughts are a part of human life but it is important to be in control of one’s mind.
2. Have a routine
Nothing wastes time more than just going about the day without a plan in place. A timetable is essential to managing one’s time and energy. Events and recreation that provide relief also need to be factored in when considering the timetable for all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
3. Include variety in your study routine:
It is not unusual to get bored of sitting and studying in one place all the time. So change it up a bit! Change your rooms, your study spot, and so on. Be mindful of your energy levels and your surroundings- fatigue disrupts study as much as external disturbances.
4. Focus on quality over quantity
It is important to understand that studying all day does not mean you are doing a good job. It is easy to feel pressure when your friends talk about how long they study and when your parents compare you to them, however, the question here is not how long but “how well”. If it takes you less time to finish some portion, well and good- the one thing to ensure is that when you study, it must be with your full concentration and effort. If it takes you more time to get through any of the topics, that is ok too. The point is not to be fast and do more in a certain period, the point is to be thorough.
5. Food and rest
Everyone knows how having poor health can harm one’s performance and study. It is very important to be aware of what you are eating to avoid the risk of falling sick and to get enough sleep. A fresh body and fresh mind are an absolute necessity to provide the much-needed energy to study for JEE. It is also important to remember to stay hydrated as water helps in more than one essential process in the body.
6. Know your strengths
As any human, there will be some topics that one enjoys studying, some topics one is good at, and topics that one constantly struggles with. It is important to know these strengths and weaknesses as it helps one to allocate and manage time accordingly.
Dealing with stress in IIT-JEE preparations is not an easy task, and if not dealt with properly it can lead to lifelong complexities. So parents, mentors, and students all must ensure that the environment around the students is calm and composed. It is extremely important to prioritize mental health in these stressful times.