Studying for the Exam Without Stress for McGraw-Hill's ASVAB
Taking Care of Your Body As Well As Your Brain
There are three areas that you need to attend to while you are studying: your stress level, exercise, and what you eat. Concentrating on these areas will help to facilitate the learning that you will undertake over the next several weeks.
When you are working toward an important goal, there is a certain level of stress that comes with the territory. If there is enough stress for a sustained period of time, eventually this can hurt your ability to focus and may even damage your health. You need to implement some stress-reducing actions on a regular basis.
It may sound silly, but staying quiet and doing some deep breathing exercises have been shown to reduce stress. If you have scheduled a two- to three-hour block of study time, do this every hour or so.
Also, try visualizing some wonderful, idyllic places that are particularly soothing to you, like waves on a beach, a gentle spring shower, or a snow-capped mountain range, as you breathe deeply. This should help to relax you.
If you are trying to sleep and are too wound up from working and studying, and you are in bed and the room is dark, start to breath deeply while relaxing your toes, then moving to your calves, your thighs, your hips, your shoulders, your arms, your jaw, your head, and so on. See the suggestions for the relaxation exercise.
Exercises like those mentioned should help to reduce your stress level and should help you get to sleep faster and sleep better. With a good sleep, you will be more enthusiastic and better able to face the challenges of the next day and the next ASVAB study schedule. It will also help you retain more of what you study.
While in bed or in a dark, quiet place, lie still with your eyes closed. Let your body and mind slow down for a few moments. Stay still and quiet. Breathe deeply. Be aware of your breathing.
As you stay still and quiet, focus on your toes. Clench them and then let them relax. Do this two or three times. As you relax your toes, think about how they would feel if they turned into liquid. Let your toes turn to liquid. Release the tension. Then do this same exercise with your ankles, your calves, your knees, your thighs, your buttocks, your stomach, your chest, your back, your hands, your forearms, your biceps, your shoulders, your neck, your jaw, your cheeks, your eyes, and your forehead. Let them all turn to liquid as you move from your toes to your head.
Once your muscles are relaxed, let your mind float and dissolve. Let your thoughts flow away. Breathe deeply as you reduce your stress.
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