Top tips for staying calm before results day
Results day is fast approaching, and we know what a big deal it is. It can be stressful thinking about what grades you have or haven’t got, but it’s important to look after yourself physically and mentally. So we’ve put together some top tips to help manage your stress levels down in the run up to the big day.
And, if you don’t get the grades you were expecting, it’s not the end of the world! We offer a variety of courses and options, and are here to help!
- Stay active
Exercising releases feel-good endorphins, which can help to relieve stress. Not only this, but it can help maintain your health and make you feel good about yourself.
You might prefer to stay at home and watch your favourite Netflix shows, but a change of scenery and just going for a walk does wonders for stress levels.
Here are some ideas on how you could exercise:
- Go for a run or a walk
- Go to the gym
- Exercise at home. Exercises such as Yoga can help you relax and stay active
- Walk the dog
- Meet up with your friends
2. Practice mindfulness
Stress relieving techniques don’t have to take a lot of time. Spend 10 minutes sitting quietly and focusing solely on your breathing.
Breathing exercises are proven to significantly reduce anxiety and stress. The NHS recommend this simple breathing technique:
- Make yourself as comfortable as you can, loosen any tight-fitting clothing, and let your breath flow deep into your belly.
- Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth, gently and regularly. Breathe in and count steadily from 1 to 5, or however many seconds you feel comfortable with. Then breathe out for the same amount of time.
- Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes.
Headspace is a fantastic app you can use to relieve stress by listening to meditation, podcasts and breathing techniques.
Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep! Sleep is very important if you want to keep your stress levels down and it is recommended you get between 7 and 9 hours sleep every night. This will help you tackle the day more effectively, and give you a better mindset.
You are more likely to get agitated and moody which will increase stress levels in your body if you are tired.
If you are having trouble sleeping, give your mind time to rest before you go to sleep. It may be tempting, but spending time on a screen will not help, so reach for a book rather than your phone.
Headspace also helps with sleeping through a range of music, stories and white noise.
4. Treat yourself
It’s important to have time for you. All your hard work is over, so why not treat yourself as a reward for your efforts?
This can be just simply having some ‘me time’, or why not treat yourself to a new purchase, or a day out? It will not only be a rewarding way to end your exams, but will also help to take your mind off results day.
5. You’re not alone
It’s normal to feel tense around results day, but don’t keep it all inside. Make sure you speak to someone about how you are feeling, as it will help take the weight off your shoulders. It’s important that you don’t feel alone, and you have someone to talk to.
If you are struggling, you can speak to our Student Services team by calling 01422 399367, or emailing [email protected].
Alternatively, you can call one of the following charities:
- Childline provides help for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. 0800 1111
- Anxiety UK supports anyone with anxiety, phobias, panic attacks or other anxiety-related disorders. 03444 775 774 or text 07537 416 905
- Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk about anything that is bothering you, in your own way, at any time you like. 116 123
6. Nourish your body
You might not feel up to eating, but make sure you don’t skip any meals as this can lead to your blood sugars dropping, which can cause you to feel jittery and may increase your stress levels.
Avoid unhealthy habits such as stress relieving through junk food or caffeine. These will only give you temporary relief and won’t help the problem disappear. Healthy body, healthy mind.
7. Remember there is nothing you can change now
You’ve done your best, and it’s important to remember that there is nothing you can do to change your results now.
We’re here to help if you haven’t got the grades you were expecting. It’s not the end of the world, pop to our enrolment event between 24 August and 1 September to see the range of options we have available this September.