How to reduce stress during exam season

Exams start next week! Whether you’re doing GCSEs, A Levels or Vocational Courses, exams can be stressful and daunting. You may have revised all year, and prepared as much as possible but stress can put a spanner in the works. Here are some simple tips to help reduce stress and get you exam day ready!

#1 – Eat Well

It’s important to make sure you're eating a balanced diet all the time, but during stressful exam season, diet is extra important. If your diet is high in sugar, fats or caffeine they can cause you to be easily distracted or impact concentration during exams. Make sure you have a healthy breakfast (don’t skip it) before going to school or college and avoid energy drinks or coffee before the exam.

#2 – Sleep

This one sounds obvious, but many people stay up late cramming in last minute revision, meaning they wake up not feeling well rested. Make sure you plan your time well and get to bed early, get your 8 hours and get up in good time to be ready, rested and awake before your exam.

#3 – Do Your Thing!

Everyone around you will be telling you how much revision they're doing, or the best way to attack the exam. But the truth is what works for your friends, won’t necessarily work for you. To best way to smash the exam season is to go at your own pace, use what works for you, and go in that exam with your mind on your performance and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

#4 – Time to Reset

It is impossible to focus on exams and revision all the time, and it’s actually really important to make sure you give yourself time to take a break. Your brain needs time to refresh and reset to effectively perform, especially under pressure. So don’t feel guilty for taking an hour or a night off, it might be the smart thing to do!

#5 – Don’t be a drip.

Did you know that the human brain is 73% water? So make sure you're keeping your water levels topped up. Good hydration can help keep you in a good mood, feeling healthy and increase your focus. So make sure you drinking the recommended 2 litres a day.

#6 – Move it!

A good way to relieve stress is by keeping active. Whether it is a routine gym session, a quick jog or cycle or even just a walk, being active helps clear your head and leaves you with a feeling of release. If your struggling to sleep or unwind before exams, exercise can even help you get a good night’s rest. Just make sure you don’t overdo it!

#7 – Que Sera, Sera

There is only so much you can do in preparation and in the actual exam. So when you walk out of the exam just remember you did your best, believe in yourself and try to forget about it. There's nothing you can do about it until results day, and worrying won't change your result.

Hopefully, you’ll get through exam season without too much stress. Good luck with all your exams! You Got This!

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