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    How do you manage your Mental Health?

    Hi there,

    How are you handling the pressure and the strain of the HSC? Do you feel like your mental health is
    constantly being challenged?

    It’s never easy getting all your work done on time, finding time to study, managing the expectations
    of parents and teachers and staying sane at the same time. We asked a 99+ ATAR student,
    Sophie, how she dealt with all this and still looked after her mental health.

    You can read about her strategies and learn how you can deal with all the stresses of the HSC by clicking HERE.

    We’d love to hear about your own techniques for dealing with the pressures of the HSC. Have you
    had mental health challenges? How did you overcome them?

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    Re: How do you manage your Mental Health?

    Sounds really cliché and obvious, but recreational time is just as important as study time! Taking breaks makes for much more effective study: try five to ten-minute breaks between every thirty minutes spent studying. Have some water each break and a snack every other (nut/oat bars are great, but bananas and apples are legendary).

    Also, sleep is key: I could write you a twelve-page essay on the importance of sleep on mental, emotional and physical well-being, so make sure you are getting a minimum of seven hours of sleep!
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    Re: How do you manage your Mental Health?

    I manage to keep sane by

    -Reading fiction (I find this really helpful to relax)
    -Exercising regularly,
    -Chatting with friends
    -Meditating in the morning and reminding myself of my goals.

    Also, I manage my time by setting daily to-do lists and organising my day the night before! This is really helpful!
    I also sleep early (9:30PM) And I wake up early (4:30AM) To study. I find this a nice way to manage my time, just find your preference!
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    Re: How do you manage your Mental Health?

    I get burnt out very often, but usually this is what I tend to do.

    - ALWAYS ALWAYS get more than 8 hours of sleep a night. I cannot stress how important sleep is in your schedule. When I get 9-10 hours of sleep, I get stuff done, at school or when studying in the library. If I go to bed late, I set my room up to wake up later in the morning. Opposite for when its early.

    - Eat massive meals. I have fast metabolism, but if I'm not full when I eat dinner I go and make myself some more food to fill myself up. Before exams I give myself a massive sugar load by eating sugary stuff to switch my brain on.

    - Once a week I go out on an 'adventure day', where I make my own way out to wherever I want for the day, given if I return home in time for dinner. These days, which often involve long walks, are relaxing and allow me to spend time outside and do things I want to do.

    - No studying past sunset on weekends, or on Friday nights. This is because my productivity levels aren't great at those hours. Assignments are an exception and I'll do whatever it takes to get that done.

    I also play on a competitive Overwatch team that trains twice a week, I'm in diamond now and whenever I don't study, I'm grinding the game out to get to masters. To actually chill I play something like Planet Coaster or Cities Skylines. This is my 'exercise' to some extent, for my brain specifically because football season's off.

    These are all general rules of thumb for me, because I'm a hugely disorganised person and I do my things off habits I learned earlier in school. And I ignored pretty much everything when doing my major work because I had a serious agenda to make it look perfect.
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