Dealing with exam anxiety

Anxiety is something that can affect everyday life but can worsen during the struggles and stress of coursework and exams. We've got our top five tips to cope during the exams and revision period.

Whilst education is important, we should always remember that our health and looking after yourself is more important. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, it's important to follow some key steps to put yourself first during this key time.

1. Find something you love

Find something to distract your mind, just for a few hours a week, to keep your mind fresh and calm. It's important to take breaks whilst you study so having something that relaxes you and makes you happy is key. This could be anything from baking a cake, going for a run or playing video games with your friends.

2. Talk to someone

It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling, even if you feel it is only something small. During the revision period, talk to your friends, family and teachers about how you're feeling. Even if you're not feeling anxious, talking to others can help you feel less alone in your revision struggles.

3. Take a break

Yes, you may have five exams next week, but don’t forget to take a break and chill, even if it's just to take a walk to the shops, make a cup of tea or play with your dog for five minutes, it will help clear your mind.

4. Don’t forget to eat or drink

This part is essential, sometimes when you’re stressed, time flies and you forget to eat lunch. We need food to concentrate properly, so skipping a meal won't help you revise, it will only make you feel more sluggish. If you can, eat your meal away from your revision to have a real break.

5. Sleep

When exams are looming, it can be tempting to pull an all-nighter, but sleep is essential too. You won't be able to revise effectively if you haven't had enough rest so prioritise getting enough rest each night. If you're worried about exams and it's preventing you from dropping off, try listening to a relaxing sleep podcast or trying some mindfulness techniques.