Keeping exam season stress at bay

For many GCSE and A Level students around the country, exams season is just around the corner, and the associated pressure to perform well can result in sleepless nights and stress for a great number of them. Although we tend to associate stress with working hard, it can actually have a detrimental effect on our health and lead to much poorer performance in examinations. Don't worry though, there are plenty of ways to reduce stress – here are just a few tips.

Make time to relax

You may find yourself studying through the day and night, but it's important that you make time to relax and have fun, too. Not only will this improve your mood and help you to feel calmer, but the break from intensive studying will also mean that you feel more refreshed when you do return to revision.

Eat and sleep well

A body that's fighting fit is one that's best prepared for the strain of exam season, which means there's no excuse for skipping meals or sleep deprivation.According to guidance from the NHS, good sleep is linked to improved critical thinking and concentration, making the time you do spend studying much more valuable.

Talk to someone

Keeping your anxieties locked up in your head will only make you feel worse, whereas if you talk to someone you might actually feel much calmer. Speak to your peers and you'll see they have the same worries that you do. You may also find it helpful to speak to your parents about your worries or go through your revision with them.

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