HOW TO MANAGE STRESS DURING EXAMS


So we're about a week into GCSE season, and the nostalgia is very much kicking in for me. This time last year, my brain was mush, my sleeping pattern was wrecked and my social life was non existent (not that it was existent in the first place).

But stress took over, the stress of getting the grades I needed, making sure I revised enough and that I actually knew what the question meant. So that's why I've compiled my top stress managing tips that I would highly recommend, even though they'll most likely last a day :)


SET REALISTIC GOALS / TAKE REGULAR BREAKS

Nobody can revise 6 subjects, 100 topics, 25 poems and read 3 books in one night, it just ain't possible, no matter how hard you try. That's why you need to be sensible and set realistic revision goals that you and most importantly your brain can handle. 

Something I've mentioned before, and yes I'm gonna mention it again...a revision timetable. Did you guess it?

Have you made one? Don't worry if you haven't, it's never too late to plan out what you're going to revise and when you're going to revise it, even though we are well into exam season. 

If you plan out short stints of revision and give yourself regular breaks in between to give your brain a rest, the information will most likely stay stuck in your head for longer, as your not trying to cram everything in one.

I've linked a website below, with help on how to make the perfect revision timetable ↓  



TELL SOMEONE WHEN YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED

It's natural and normal to feel overwhelmed and like the world is on your shoulders when you're going through exams. You may have people that are telling you to get certain grades, or maybe you're putting the pressure on yourself. Everyone gets that feeling.

So if you get to the point where everything gets too much, don't keep it all to yourself, tell someone. Because if you keep all your emotions bottled up and act 'tough', you're making the situation even worse. All them emotions will be constantly going round in your head, and you won't be able to concentrate on anything. 

Tell your family members. These are the people that know you the best, and will be able to help you to relieve the stress and calm down. If not your family members, then tell your friends or maybe teachers. Your friends will most likely be going through the same thing so by having a good 'ol rant to each other will make a difference. And teachers because they've done years of exams over and over, so they'll know what to suggest and how to solve the situation.


GET AS MUCH SLEEP AND EXERCISE AS POSSIBLE

I mean, not everyone's an Olympic athlete so don't expect to be doing a full marathon and workout everyday. Something little and realistic. 

Getting outside and breathing fresh air is known to give you more energy, strengthen your mind and help improve your blood pressure and heart rate, and most importantly, you don't have to pay for a membership. Win win for everyone. All you have to do is go out for half and hour or so and have a walk, something as little and simple as that could have a real difference in your performance during the exams and revision.

I know half the time the motivation will definitely not be there, and all you'll want to do is glue yourself to your bed and binge on Love Island (less than 3 weeks!!) but sometimes you gotta do something you don't want to to get something you do. Someone get me a motivational speaker job.


DON'T CRAM ALL THE REVISION IN THE NIGHT BEFORE, IT WON'T HELP 

Revising the night before is a ongoing joke that a lot of students make, when in reality, they actually do it. And I'll tell you sommet now, it really doesn't work.

The temptation is so big to avoid revision all week and then the night before, cram as much in as possible. We all think it, and most of us do it. But I quickly realised that it ain't worth it, and actually doesn't work. I'm always the first person to make the excuse that I have the "worst memory" so revising the night before will actually help me, and looking back at it now, I just laugh.

Yeah, fair enough, revise as much as you want the night before, but don't START your revision the night before, because you're just creating more stress for yourself.


MOST IMPORTANTLY, GOOD LUCK!!


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