Staying sane and healthy during qualifying exams.
July 22, 2012 7:48 PM Subscribe
I have two weeks of PhD qualifying exams coming up - how do I stay sane, healthy, and positive?
posted by SNWidget to education (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Starting tomorrow morning, I've got two weeks and one day of qualifying exams to get through. They come in the form of two week-long papers (open resource) and a one-day writing exam without any sort of notes, etc. The field is music education.
I understand that this isn't as daunting as some of the hard science fields, but I'm really worried about coming out of this stretch without completely blowing up. This is in terms of both passing and staying sane. When I have stressful periods like this, I tend to eat like shit, sleep like shit, and procrastinate to the last moment. I need to figure out how to avoid these pitfalls.
I have issues with anxiety, depression, and ADD, and although I'm medicated, these types of situations seem to bring out the worst. I especially have issues with writing/test-taking anxiety. My wife is willing to step up to bat with whatever I need, but I'd like to make this low stress for both of us.
What do you do in situations like this to keep yourself alive and sane? I'm afraid that these two weeks are going to completely destroy me, but I feel like there may be something I can do to keep my head above water. I just have these nightmare-ish flashes of me next Sunday evening, not having started, having fucked around on the internet or Minecraft all week long...
What are you tips and tricks? How do you get through these types of situations? How can I not completely lose my shit for 2 weeks?