Self-care is not selfish—it’s essential

by | May 1, 2024 | Career & Education, Guest Bloggers, Health & Wellness, Top Tips | 0 comments

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Hey, BelEvers!  

This May, we’re reminding ourselves that Self-care is not selfish—it’s essential, particularly as we recognise Mental Health Awareness Month. As the season of exams approaches, we invite our community to join us in prioritising mental well-being with the same vigour we apply to our studies and professional endeavours. 

10 Study Hacks by BelEve’s CEO and Co-Founder, Marsha Powell

Gain insights into efficient and effective study methods with Marsha Powell’s top ten study hacks. These strategies promise not only to enhance your learning experience but to do so in a way that is mindful of your mental health and well-being. 

  1. Write things down  – Just because you have studied everything, this doesn’t mean you know everything. Once you’ve written everything down on paper, compare it to your notes to see what’s missing. 
  2. Play some calming/chillout  music  – playing some calming music in the background while you’re studying is a great way to keep from becoming distracted. It can help motivate you whilst ensuring that the lack of lyrics do not distract 
  3. Join a study group – The best way to learn something is to be able to teach it to somebody else. Joining a study group will give you the opportunity to explain what you know to a peer, further cementing it in your brain. 
  4. Take a few practice tests – Try Googling for some practice tests on the subject you’re trying to study for. Make sure you time yourself. After all, test taking is 50 percent learned material and 50 percent timing. 
  5. Write down what you’re most likely to forget at the beginning of the test – Any information that you think you might forget or confuse while you’re rushing through your exam should be the first thing you write down when you begin your test. Get dates, names, and any other detailed facts down on paper as soon as you can. 
  6. Colour Code your Notes – It’s amazing how much more information sticks in your brain when it’s learned not only audibly, but also visually. Colour coding your notes is a great way to help your brain remember the facts a little bit better. 
  7. Listen to content related to the subject you are studying on the go – Between classes, while you’re at the gym, or on long bus rides, pop in your headphones, and listen again to your lectures. You will likely pick up a many more details than you did the first time around. 
  8. Stay on top of your studies – Don’t fall behind with your studying. If you take a couple hours a week to review what you’ve learned, when finals week rolls around, you’ll be way ahead of the game. It’s a small price to pay for a very big reward. 
  9. Practice self care – Self-care is not selfish. In addition to the cognitive benefits of taking breaks, practicing self-care during revision can have numerous mental health benefits. The intense pressure and stress of exam season can often take its toll, leading to burnout and emotional exhaustion. By incorporating self-care practices like meditation, exercise, and healthy eating, young women can reap the benefits of reduced stress, improved mood, and overall well-being 
  10. Take breaks  – Taking breaks during revision can lead to increased productivity. Studies have shown that our brains have a limited capacity for sustained work, making it crucial to periodically take breaks in order to recharge our cognitive batteries. Breaks have also been linked to improved memory retention, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Step away from studying, stretch your legs, listen to a piece of music, go for a walk, make yourself a cup of tea and then go back to it. Fresh air is important. Healthy body, healthy mind. 

A Final Note 

Remember, caring for your mental health is not a luxury—it’s a necessity. As we navigate exam season and everyday stresses, let’s lean on each other for support, celebrating self-care and mental wellness every step of the way. 

Together, we’re not just a community—we’re a movement. Thank you for being a vibrant part of it. 

Stay well, 

The BelEve UK Team 

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