Is your wrist/hand hurting when you write? Is pain limiting you from writing more in exams?
Wrist and hand pain is a common phenomenon that a majority of school children will experience at one point in their schooling life. You may be experience pain while writing during an exam or at the end of an exam.
Tips for managing pain from writing
- Regular Breaks: This would be the simplest tip for managing pain when writing. Although taking a break doesn’t always seem possible, try to break up your day with both writing and reading. Taking regular breaks will not only give your hand relief but will also help to clear your mind and allow you to study more effectively.
- Build your writing tolerance: As you would not expect to be able to run 10km without a single day of training, the same goes for your writing. Do not expect to write all your essays on a laptop and then be able to replicate that on paper in an exam! Practice building your writing tolerance on paper and under timed conditions. An example would be to practice a English Advanced: Module A Essay on Day 1 and progressing this to be able to write English Advanced: Module A & B Essay consecutively on Day 4.
- Equipment: Everyone you speak to will have varying opinions on which pen/pencil is the most comfortable. The most important thing is to use a pen with which you are comfortable with. Once you trial a variety of different pens, pick the one that suits you to not only use in exams but to practice with too!
- Exercise: There is no substitute for exercise that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat – this does not need to be for long ~ 20 minutes out of your day would be sufficient. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels and reduce depression, it will not only give you an outlet during your study time but leave you more invigorated when you return to study.
- Range of Motion: When writing in one posture for hours on end, your hand will likely become sore or start to cramp. Ensure that you are well hydrated with water and perform these exercises regularly to ensure you can write to your heart’s content:
Some Useful Exercises
Place your hands flat on the table palm facing down. Spread your fingers apart and bring them close together. Repeat 10 times.
Bring thumb to touch the tip of each finger starting at the little finger (5th finger). Repeat 10 times.
With your fingers curled, move wrist slowly in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Repeat 10 times.
Hold your hand and slowly bend your wrist until you feel a slight stretch. Relax. Then bend in your wrist in the opposite direction until you feel a slight stretch. Repeat 10 times.
We’re confident that these tips will help you writing for longer. However, if your symptoms persist please seek advice from a health professional to tailor to your specific needs.