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 keep your stress levels down in the run up to the big day.
1. Stay active
Exercising releases feel-good endorphins, which can help to relieve stress. Not only this, but it can help you maintain your health and feel good about yourself. It might seem more appealing to stay and binge-watch Netflix, but a change of scenery can do wonders for stress levels. Here are some ideas on how you could exercise:
- Go for a run or a walk
- Go to the gym
- Do exercises at home, exercises such as Yoga can help you both relax and stay active
- Walk the dog
2. Practice mindfulness
Stress relieving techniques don’t have to take a lot of time, spend ten minutes sitting quietly and focusing solely on your breathing.
Breathing exercises are proven to significantly reduce anxiety and stress. The NHS recommend the following 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.
4. Don’t bottle it up
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 may help to take some of 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@example.com.
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 support 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
5. 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, it will also help to take your mind off results day.
6. Nourish your body
You might not feel up to eating, but by making sure you don’t skip any meals and you eat healthily, you will nourish your body, which in turn will nourish your mind.
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.
Did you know that Calderdale College have a certified University Centre? We have a range of courses available and we’re here to help. If you haven’t got into your chosen university, you can come along to our Higher Education enrolment event on the 28th August for more information on studying with us.