It is unusual for students to sail through school without experiencing some issues and stressing about exams is really common.
There is a lot of pressure to get good results and the stress and strains of school life can sometimes feel too much. The important thing is to recognise there’s a problem to be solved and ask for help as soon as you can.
If you’re worried about any aspect of school, it’s important to talk to your parents/carer or a trusted adult about how you are feeling as soon as possible. They can work together with you and help resolve any issues.
The following tips will help you concentrate as well as reducing stress.
- Take frequent breaks. Psychologists say that we can only concentrate properly for 30-45 minutes.
- Eat well. By eating slow -release foods like bread, rice, fruit and veg you keep your blood sugar levels from being either really high or low
- Drink lots of water. We often underestimate how much hydration helps.
- Think about when and where you work best. Some of us aren’t morning people and not everybody finds themselves productive in the library.
- Keep active. Even a short walk will do. Exercising is one of the quickest and most effective ways to de stress. Fresh air will clear your head and perk you up.
- Sleep. Try to get about 8hrs sleep a night if possible around exam time.
- Find activities that help you relax. Maybe a hot bath or a creative activity. Schedule this down time into your timetable.