06 Jun 2018

Relieving exam stress & anxiety

We all experience moments of stress and anxiety. Events such as exams can prove stressful for students who may feel pressured to achieve high results. Parents will often be anxious also when exam time comes for their children. There are several steps which can be taken to relieve this stress and anxiety during exams.

Firstly, stick to a study routine and take regular breaks, it’s important to take some time away from the books to unwind. Try taking a walk or just watch some TV to take your mind away from everything else going on. During times where we are stressed we often don’t leave ourselves time to relax as we are trying to fit as much as possible in, but it is important to allow our minds to rest and to take a step back from the situation. Exercise is a known to help combat stress and given the great weather we’re having now students should try get outdoors. High levels of caffeine intake can cause us to be more anxious and stressed as our sleep may affected, therefore it is important not to depend on coffee or other caffeine high drinks too much.

It is important to keep our energy levels high during exam periods, but we should avoid using sugary foods to do this. Slow release carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes and nut butter will ensure your energy levels stay constant as opposed to giving you a sugar spike and then a drop in energy. Try some fresh fruit for a sweet treat, as it is nutritious as well as tasty. Supplements such as Kalms and Rescue Remedy can also ease symptoms of anxiety and keep us calm when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

No matter what the cause of the stress or anxiety, it is often difficult to see past the present into a brighter future. For those sitting exams this summer it’s important to remember there are many ways to enter your chosen career path, and your exams now are just one stepping stone and won’t define you for the rest of your life.

For more information speak to one of our pharmacists. Advice and support is also available from Aware.

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