It is exam season – and we have some great tips on how you can support someone going through exam stress and also some techniques for someone actually dealing with exam stress.
If you are supporting someone who is experiencing exam stress
1. Offer reassurance
The individual may be beginning to doubt themselves or be stressing over their own high expectations. Offering them reassurance and encouragement will enhance their
self-belief and motivation.
2. Take them out for treat days.
This is a great way to allow them to have the chance to unwind, take time out to relax and distract them from constantly thinking about their upcoming exams.
3. Have realistic expectations
Don’t pressure the individual with unrealistic results as this only adds stress and pressure and can cause them to feel overwhelmed and unmotivated.
See also the workshop on Supporting Young People suffering from Depression – 12 May in central Guildford
And if you work in a professional capacity with young people who suffer symptoms of excessive stress and emotional distress, you will find our seminar on 20th June helpful- click HERE for more information
And if it is YOU taking the exams….
1. Practice relaxation techniques
A simple breathing technique can help a lot. When you find yourself feeling a little tense sit or stand in a relaxed position, slowly inhale through your nose counting to five, let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight, repeat several times. That’s it! You should now feel more relaxed to carry on with revision!
2. Go for a walk outdoors
Sitting inside all day staring at notes and a computer screen isn’t the best recipe for productivity, making sure you get fresh air breaks regularly will allow you to gain an intake of fresh oxygen, which will clear your mind and help you to re-energise.
3. Talk to someone
If you are worrying or would like further support, don’t hold back on talking to someone, whether it is a parent, a friend or a teacher, just talking about your worries is helpful.
4. Get a good night’s sleep
Bad sleep is both a cause and symptom of stress. Allow your body and mind to relax before bed by creating a wind-down routine. Especially the night before your exam, so you wake up fully rested and energised.
Make sure you keep hydrated, drink plenty of water and eat regular nutritious meals that will boost your energy. Avoid the temptation of sugary snacks and energy drinks as these will only give you a short energy boost, and then cause your energy levels to drop leaving you feeling tired and slumped.