Today, I went on a SERIOUSLY relaxing, mini yoga retreat with Pandita Yoga with my Mum and some of her friends for her birthday. It was so refreshing and fun that I just wanted to blog about it! It was located at the beautifully decked out Henham Barns, near Southwold. The main barn was huge with a separate yoga studio upstairs, in the middle of a huge plot of fields, lake and woodland. We started of the morning with a quiet walk in the bluebell woods, which was sooooo nice. Then we got to choose between two activities each session, I chose; Kettlebells, Yoga (Vinyasa) and more Yoga (Yin). It’s safe so say that I was stretched and pulled in the most awkward of places, and after training as a dancer for five years, it wasn’t so bad! But note, as I’m writing this I’m almost falling asleep, slumped on the sofa with a bacon bagel (kinda defeats the object but I was treating myself OK!).
Anyway, enough of me waffling on. Whilst I was stretching and “omming” away, I realised that in order to actually enjoy yoga you need to have a positive mindset, and I was eager to be relaxed for my exams (which officially start on Monday AHH). And as a result I got the most out of the tutors and the activities as a whole. I really tried to look past the nerves and the awkwardness and focus on feeling good so I could benefit from today. Because my mind has been so focussed on school and revision lately, it feels as though there is tonnes of information and signals flying around my head. I was desperate to take a break from it all, and I believe that I finally have. It has allowed me to go into my exams with a positive mindset, which is what I need.
It’s so easy to get carried away in negative energy, think of it as a negative spiral of decline. One bad thing leads to another and it becomes harder to escape that trap. But if you’re strong minded and begin to develop a positive outlook on things, you will find it easier to cope in these situations. We all feel low at times, but to have the strength to carry on and look beyond things is amazing. It’s so important to force yourself into just getting up and doing something to distract yourself from your negative thoughts, I think yoga is such a lovely way of doing this.
The main purpose of this blog post was so try and get all my readers who have exams coming up soon (or even a big event that you’re nervous for) to try and go into them with a positive mindset. It can help you achieve much better – you’d be surprised. If you go into an exam feeling as though you’re going to fail, knowing you haven’t done enough revision, or just with a general unhappy mood, then you’re likely to reflect that in your exam performance. Therefore, you should try to channel those bad thoughts into excitement. I actually do this and it works; just before I go into an exam I say to myself “I’m so excited for this exam, I’m gonna smash it”. As crazy as it sounds, I feel as though it actually works. Repeat to yourself some positive thoughts, and you’ll feel much more calm and prepared in the exam.
At the end of the day, they are just exams and as long as you know you’ve tried your best then that’s all that matters. This applies with anything in life, if you put effort into something, you will get good things out of it. You just have to practise having a positive mindset.
I hope this helps some of you feel more confident about going into your exams, I thought it might be useful as they start pretty soon! Good luck to all who are sitting them (not that you’ll need it ;)) and STAY POSITIVE.