What a month it’s been!
I realise a lot of people are still sitting their exams, so instead of my regular 500-1000 posts, let me just tap out with a few short messages…
Don’t let the stress consume you.
It’s okay to be stressed out about having exams and deadlines right around the corner. Everyone else in our situation is struggling and grinding too, we’re all working hard and we all want to do well. It’s okay to be stressed, but it’s not okay to lose sleep and lose your cool because of it. If the work is getting too much, take a break. Get some air, order a pizza, or just watch Netflix – learn to chill.
Don’t lose faith.
No matter how many hours of lectures you have to fit into the next 25 minutes before you sleep, don’t let this get the better of you. If you have time to finish it, then it’ll get done if you really try. If not, no biggie. Yeah, exams seem very important right now in our shoes because our next year of education depends on it, but in the grand scheme of things, not so much. Granted, you should still work hard and do as well as you can in these exams, but if you don’t have time to get it all done, don’t break your neck trying to. Instead, go back over the things you’ve already gone over so you don’t drop marks on the stuff you supposedly know very well, also you won’t slow down on those bits, giving you more time to think through the harder parts of the paper.
Don’t forget your health.
Mental health is a HUGE deal these days. If you’re genuinely feeling very anxious and worried about your exams, or anything else in life for that matter, seek help. Physically, too. Three meals a day shouldn’t drop to 1.35 cookies a week just because of exams! Take time and eat right, also do neck exercises to prevent long term damage from slouching, and remember to drink plenty of water.
Don’t forget to do your best.
Now, I acknowledge this cliché, but it’s still very important to understand. We all have/have had crazy parents that expect top grades every time, and this can be a little overwhelming when your teachers are predicting you a measly D grade in Maths, but if a D is all you’re capable of, don’t beat yourself up too much when you get a D and mum isn’t happy. Yeah, it’d be great if you got an A* with 100% on every paper and you should always aim for more than what you can bargain for, but it’s called your ‘best’ for a reason… Chill!
I’ll probably do a more in-depth post in future about mental health and stress relief, but with these exams piling up… Not this month!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or discussion points, let me know in the comments below!