Don’t be, you are not alone!
NORCET is a milestone exam for those aspiring to become staff nurses in central
government hospitals across India. It’s natural to feel a bit anxious about such an important test, but with the right approach and mindset, you can conquer your stress and excel in the exam.
Relieve your mind of all the unnecessary tension and prioritize the well-being of both your body and mind. Taking care of both your body and mind will not only lead to a healthier you but also a more focused you. Acing your exams is just one part of the entire journey. The more important aspect is to absorb and learn from the process and make dedicated efforts towards achieving the ultimate goal of becoming a healthier and a more committed learner.
Divide each day’s time productively so that you can effectively plan your entire course preparation. Focusing solely on one subject or a few topics will get you nowhere. Instead, smartly distribute your study load to ensure comprehensive coverage of the important topics of each subject. Establish a structured timetable to cultivate a disciplined routine and lifestyle.
In order to achieve this goal, it’s essential to be focused, dedicated, attentive, and earnest. Additionally, prioritize the well-being of your brain, as what you retain depends on how you condition your mind. Managing stress, anxiety, pressure, nervousness, distress, and tension is of utmost importance. Engaging in activities you enjoy, such as swimming, taking leisurely walks in a park, dancing, singing, drawing, or any other hobbies, is crucial for maintaining a healthy mind.
Giving yourself some time off from the usual routine can lower your stress and anxiety levels to a great extent. A proper sleep schedule is equally important for a healthy body and mind. Overemphasizing on study can lead to a damaged brain and improper focus and retaining ability. Overemphasizing on studying can harm your brain and hinder your ability to focus and retain information. Lastly, if anxiety becomes overwhelming, confide in someone you trust or seek professional guidance to manage your emotions and prepare for your nursing career.
To ensure your well-being while preparing for the most crucial exam of your life,
remember these key points:
- Make time for self-care:
Engage in activities you find therapeutic, such as gardening, listening to music, dancing, ordering food from your favorite restaurant, dining out, meeting your friends, going for a swim, taking a vacation, reading your favorite book, walking through a park, watching a movie, cooking your
favorite food, partying, meditating, doing yoga, praying, going for a spa, or any other relaxing pursuit. These will help unwind your mind from all the stress and pressure of an exam.
- Take occasional breaks:
Recognize the importance of rest in preventing burnout. Resting from social media can also promote a positive mindset, as too much information on social media can sometimes hamper your positivity and they are not always the most pleasing words that one wishes to see or hear.
- Prioritize sleep:
Ensure you get at least 8 hours of quality sleep to wake up feeling refreshed and mentally charged. Compromising on your sleep cycle will lead to nothing but an exhausted mind failing to accomplish anything that you desire to.
- Incorporate exercise into your routine:
Physical activity can relieve stress and temporarily divert your focus from exam-related anxiety.
- Maintain a balanced diet:
Proper nutrition and nourishment are very important for the proper functioning of our mind, body, and soul. With lower levels of nutrition, one tends to feel nothing but fatigue, laziness, drowsiness, and unwillingness to perform or do well. Consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, and foods rich in Omega 3 for optimal brain function and mood enhancement to help you stay positive and etermined throughout your preparation process.
- Address worries and fears in a healthy manner:
Often students use unhealthy coping mechanisms to combat their fears and insecurities like oversleeping or isolation. These are extremely unhealthy in the long run and any concern bothering you must be addressed adequately by speaking to a loved one so that you can move past the issue and stay positive and focused thereafter. Talking to someone you are attached to always helps in addressing the problem and finding a solution. You might have an emotional outburst in front of the ones you love but that shouldn’t leave you guilty in any way. Emotional release is essential for a healthy future.
- Avoid cramming and prioritize a well-structured study schedule:
All-nighters don’t work. Staying up and sacrificing your well-being is not an effective approach to academic performance. You won’t retain most of the information you read, you’ll comprehend little of what you do, and you’ll be in bad shape the next day. Instead, study at regular, scheduled intervals. Build it into your schedule and treat it like any other recurring task. Work with your
peers to form a study group and quiz each other to stay accountable. You won’t just be teaching them; you will be deepening your own understanding of the topic; which will further increase your confidence.
- To be the best version of yourself:
Recognize that nobody is perfect, and learning is an ongoing process. We live in a very well-connected world and we should all foster the process of learning through a healthy mind and body. Take care of yourself so that you can achieve even the most difficult tasks.
- Seek Help:
For some students, NORCET anxiety can become serious. If you find your anxiety overwhelming, talk to your school/coaching counselor or a mental health professional. They have the experience and training to teach you how to manage nursing exam anxiety that threatens to interfere with your well-being. Treat yourself with the same compassion and professionalism as you plan to
treat your patients.
To sum it all up, stressing or feeling anxious will not solve the purpose. Whether it’s NORCET 6.0 or any other exam, nursing students must balance their lives and concentrate on a healthy mind, body, and soul. Poor mental health leads to a number of health issues and it is always advisable to strike a balance between the two. As long as our behavior, feelings, and thoughts are positive, we can strive to achieve the
world. Once they are not, they can seriously take a toll on your health and make you even less productive than you are. A positive mindset is crucial for productivity and success.
Therefore, please take care of yourselves and do away with all the stress you might have. Our application called the Nursing Next Live is here to help.