Exam season can sometimes create feelings of worry; causing our young people to feel stressed.
Here are some tips to help our young people look after themselves before and after exams. Feel free to let them read this or share it with them.
- Get an early night. A good night’s rest will improve focus and concentration.
- Keep your brain energised – eat a good, healthy breakfast – you might like to try eggs, porridge or bananas.
- Stay hydrated – drink lots of water.
- Create a ‘mantra’ to use during your SATs – this can be anything that helps you feel calm, confident and relaxed. You could try, ‘I am calm’, ‘I am confident’, ‘I can do this’ – or you can make up your own.
- Strike a power pose for two minutes before you leave the house in the morning. This can improve your confidence and self-belief.
- Take deep breaths – taking regular deep breaths can relax the body and brain.
- Spend some time in nature and outdoors after school. The fresh air will help relax your mind and refresh your brain cells.
- Remain in the present – if you find your mind wandering during the test, take a breath, readjust your seating position and repeat your mantra. Take your time.
- Do what works for you, everyone is different. Do whatever puts you in the best frame of mind – this could be playing your favourite music or spending time doing something you enjoy.
- Don’t panic. Remember that you have worked hard. Spend a moment trying to relax and get yourself into a calm state of mind so that you can do your best. Get comfortable at your desk and take a few deep breaths.
- Try not to worry about how you have done on the test. You have done your best.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are finding it difficult to cope with the stress around exams, make sure you get support.