Results Day is an incredibly big day for students with hopes of progressing onto the next step in their education. I’ll never forget the emotional roller coaster I was on during the build up to the day where a piece of paper would ultimately tell me my future. It can be an extremely scary time so it’s vital you remember to look after yourself, both mentally and physically, in the running up to Results Day.
Here are my 9 tips for keeping calm before Results Day:
1. STAY ACTIVE
Exercising can help reduce the intensity of stress on your body and mind. Allow yourself an adequate amount of time to clear your mind as this will give you the time and space you need to calmly approach any stressful feeling you may be having. Exercising can also help you feel good about yourself, as well as maintaining your health.
2. ACCEPT THE THINGS YOU CAN’T CHANGE
The feeling of losing control over a situation often causes stress, but the act of taking control gives you a sense of empowerment. You have completed the hard work for your A-Level exams and you’ve done the best you can do, now it’s important to distract the mind from any negative thoughts as there is nothing you can change right now.
3. KNOW WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR ANXIETY
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. It’s a feeling of worry, fear and generally feeling uneasy, and for some it can be quite severe. Learning what triggers these thoughts and feelings for you will help you deal with your anxiety and begin to feel in control of the situation. You could try small things to regain control such as taking deep breaths, slowly counting to 10 and practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
4. DON’T BOTTLE IT UP!
It’s important to know that it’s normal to feel down, anxious or stressed about your results. Speaking to someone can help to bring a sense of relief if you’re able to discuss how you feel and work out a solution to your worries together. Whether that’s parents, siblings, friends or a tutor, it’s important that you don’t feel alone and you have someone you trust to talk to. If you wish to speak to a mental health helpline, you can find all the information here.
5. ‘ME’ TIME!
Always make time for yourself. Whether it’s watching a movie, going for a walk, reading a book or taking up a new hobby, everyone needs time to relax without social pressures.
6. AVOID UNHEALTHY HABITS
This only makes things worse! Choosing to cope with stress relief through alcohol, smoking or caffeine will only cause temporary relief and the problem won’t disappear, creating longer term issues for yourself. It’s also important to eat healthily and not to skip meals. Healthy body, healthy mind.
7. THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS
Try to think with a ‘glass half full’ mindset as opposed to ‘glass half empty’. It’s important to stay optimistic and always remember the things in life that you’re grateful for.
It’s important that your body has time to relax and rest. Stress can put additional pressure on your body so make sure you’re getting your 8 hours of sleep per night.
9. Have a ‘Plan B’
If the fear of not knowing what will happen if you don’t get the grades you hoped for, make sure you’re clued up on all your options. Doing your research just in case this was to happen can help put your mind at ease as you feel more in control of the situation. Have a look into what Clearing is all about – thousands of courses and places are still available.
I hope this helps and GOOD LUCK Results Day!