Exam Stress | Life

Exam stress 

/ɪɡˈzam,ɛɡ-/ /strɛs/
The intense feeling overwhelmed by the subject over an examination, frequently occurring the nght before or in serious cases, a month prior.

Well, my exam season has just started, and the pressure is INTENSE! Actually, it hasn't fully started but because I study a language someone thought it'll be a great idea to put that exam on a Saturday... cause nooo putting it on a weekday was just too hard.

So, the rest of my exams really start in November but all my classmates are losing their shit. I understand final exams are extremely important and for some people it's a whole 'Do-or-Die' situation, but once you start putting your personal and physical health on the line, I think it crosses a line. Like, right now it's a bloody disease.

Symptoms of this so-called disease include one or more of the following;

~ crankiness
~ little tummy upsets
~ fidgeting (biting nails, teeth grinding)
~ blank mind
~ trouble sleeping and waking up
~ panic attacks

These happen because the body is put under immense stress to meet the standards of the person, which in worse cases can also induce sickness if felt over a period of time. They can also happen when someone has unrealistic expectations for themselves, negative self-talk, home or friendships hiccups and other life transitions. These hiccups that a person experiences can also greatly effect friends and family and also stress other classmates out. So with that, I decided to make a little list of all the things that help me when I'm feeling the pressure;

Surround Yourself with Positive People

There is nothing worse when you're waiting for your English exam and someone thinks it's a great idea to tell you how stress and under prepared they are. Try to distance yourself from these weirdos and focus on you. If you've done the work, what do you have to be scared of? And please don't be one of those kids that do that. Don't be that person.

Set Achievable Goals

Not everyone is good at the same things, so get the idea out of your head that this is all gonna happen overnight, because for most people it doesn't. Set small goals and compete against yourself and reward yourself for the improvements you make throughout the year. If you up your mark by 5% that should be rewarded and earn yourself a little confidence boost.

Personal Health

Health is not a luxury. Sleep if your body is craving it, eat if you really want that last slice of pizza. If you're preparing properly, you don't need to be awake 24/7, so don't force it. And if you do fall ill, take time off to get better sooner. Worst mistakes in my schooling years was thinking it was okay to go to school with half a tissue hanging out of my nose. Not only are you allowing your body to become weaker, but you're probably infecting everyone around you... nice one.

Prepare

I am gonna take a guess that if you're reading this, you're one of two people: extremely ready or extremely un-ready. I know it's easier said than done, but start studying early. Like, weeks. If you know you need longer, start earlier. Don't do a lot of unproductive work. If you can only hold your concentration for 15 minutes, try to be as productive in that time without rushing, take a break, and go back to it.

Relax

Easier said than done, I know. But it's also not a bad idea to start the day to laze in bed a bit and read a book and ease into the day rather than forcing your brain to function early. Use this time to positive-talk to yourself and learn to be happy no matter what the result is. You're also gonna be in that stuffy white room for 3 hours, you might as well get comfy. Even though exams seem like the end of the world, it's not everything. Exams don't define who you are, where you're going or where you've come from.

And a tidbit to parents: I believe it needs to be understood that this is a stressful time, and everyone copes with stress in different ways. Pushing your child too far can also result in exam stress as they feel they need to live up to your expectations. I believe there's nothing better than helping your teen with study and letting them know you'll love them no matter the score. And I think that's also another reason why we get scared. So supporting your child will take away a bit of the stress for them and make you guys have a closer relationship.

Anyway, I hope you guys have a lucky exam season and if you don't have them, I envy you :P
I hope these tips help and I'll talk to you all soon.

~Holly xox

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