Scroll down for advice about what stress is, how to use it, how to feel more in control, and some relaxation exercises for exam days.
What causes stress?
Feelings of stress are usually triggered by things happening in your life which involve:
- being under lots of pressure
- facing big changes
- worrying about something
- not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation
- having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming
- not having enough work, activities or change in your life
There might be one big thing causing you stress (like exams!), but stress can also be caused by a build-up of small challenges. This might make it harder for you to identify what’s making you feel stressed, or to explain it to other people.
What is Stress?
How you might be physically affected:
- shallow breathing or hyperventilating
- panic attacks
- tired all the time
- grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
- chest pains
- high blood pressure
- indigestion or heartburn
- feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
- blurred eyesight or sore eyes
- problems getting to sleep, staying asleep or having nightmares
- constipation or diarrhoea
TED Talk – How to make stress your friend
Stress isn’t always a bad thing – if you can learn to harness and use it, then it can actually be a really powerful tool.
If you’re worrying about the exam period and you just can’t see what to do, these tips might help you feel a bit more in control. Feeling in control can really help you to feel less stressed.
This video will help you create a revision timetable from scratch:
If you know what you’re doing in the exam, but are just struggling to get over that panic when you’re faced with the paper, here are some ideas of techniques you can use to help. Once you’re more calm, you’re more likely to be able to do your best.