Thursday, 24 March 2016

Mental Health in Exam period | University

If you're doing GCSEs, A-Levels or studying at university, you'l know that the Easter holidays is never a break. Exams and deadlines are looming, and your mental health can start to suffer. I know that my anxiety increases when I get nervous or stressed, and especially as I am in my final year, I am worried about how it is going to affect me. So here are some tips that I'm going to use, and I hope it helps you too!

1. Make a plan
Plan plan plan. I never stuck to a revision plan when I was revising for my GCSEs and even A-Levels, but with everything else going on, planning what I am going to do each day is essential..

2. Commit
Decided you're going to have a library day? Stick with it. Get up, make a nice breakfast, pack a nice lunch (I always go browsing on Pinterest in the evening to see what things I can make!). If you're going to have a day off, commit to it. Don't feel guilty, just go for it!

3. You do you
You are the only one to know what works for you. And you do it! Don't feel pressured into working a certain way or doing things you want to do because other people tell you you shouldn't. .

4. Don't compare
Don't compare yourselves to others is an easier thing to say than to do. They'll be people who work all hours of the day, and even make you feel bad that you're not doing the same. If a certain way works for you, then you do it. I personally find that working in the morning and afternoon is best, and then I take the evenings off to relax.

5. Relax
With that said, make time for yourself to relax! Finish the day watching some Netflix, do some baking or just read a book. Taking some time away from your essays and revision is so so useful. Make sure you do it!

6. Spend time with friends and family
Easter is also the time to spend with you friends and family. Whether you're heading home for a few weeks, or staying at uni (like myself!), take a day off to explore the local area or just relax with your friends. Don't become a social recluse and lock yourself in your room. It's not fun, and not beneficial! If you are worried about missing work, make a library or work day with your friends. It doesn't sound fun, but knowing your friends are there will help too.

7. Eat healthy or Go to the gym
I always make the mistake of overeating when I am revising. I'm planning to swap the unhealthy snacks for fruit and smoothies, so that I don't come out feeling groggy and sick! I also make sure that I always have time for the gym, even if it is just for half and hour in the morning or evening. It makes me feel so much better, especially after a long slog in the library.

8. Talk to someone
If things are getting too much, tell someone. Whether it's your parents, friends or even your GP. This is a stressful time and it's no wonder that things are getting hard. There are so many charities you can call, like Mental Health Matters  which often have lines open 24 hours a day. Don't suffer in silence.

 You are so much more than your grades and productivity. Be kind to yourself.  



  1. This is such a good blog post! I am glad I read it! I have so many essays do finish in the next couple of months I feel like it's taking over my life. My whole Easter break is revolved around working for college! This will really help' thank you xx

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  3. Thanks for the tips. They could help me when I was the first year student. Now I am the forth years student and my nerves are so weak. The only thing that helps me is

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