Exams: How to deal with exam stress
This article was first published on 22 June 2018.
When you are feeling the stress, get talking.
- Remind yourself that a certain amount of stress is motivation. Use the emotion to improve your performance
- Talk to friends. They’re there to help. Talking to them will help you realise you’re not alone and they’ll give you support
- Talk to your teachers or parents. They will have a different perspective to you. They can help you problem solve and find practical solutions
- Take regular breaks
- Revise with friends. This can be great as you keep up your social life and you don’t feel isolated and alone
- Practice mindfulness and concentrate on your breathing.
If you need support
You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.
If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.