Balancing work, rest and play is an important skills which helps students to sustain a high level of performance over extended periods of time, such as during the exam season. Often students focus predominantly on their academic life and neglect sufficient rest or leisure activities. However, incorporating rest, relaxation, sleep and play activities can enhance our learning capacity and our resilience to stress. Students can benefit from assessing how they currently allocate their time between work, rest, and play to evaluate if their life feels balanced. Adjusting the proportions of these three components can optimise wellbeing, better equip students to manage exam pressure and ultimately boost academic achievement.

Author – by Lee Parker, Occupational Therapist, Cambridge Academic Performance

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