Your Year 12 exams can certainly be a stressful period.
A little bit of stress can be beneficial, and motivate you to work harder. A lot, however, can have negative implications for your health and wellbeing.
Follow the steps below to prevent stress from taking over your life – particularly during the pesky exam period.
Firstly, know the signs
Are you feeling tired, panicked, or irritable? Is your heart racing? Learn to recognise when you’re stressed and then take a break, even if it’s as simple as a walk around the block or a 5-minute chat with a friend.
It’s important to set realistic goals for yourself, so that you aren’t beating yourself up when you can’t remember 100% of the material perfectly. Also, try not to compare your progress to others’; it’s a guaranteed way to increase unnecessary anxiety.
Get some rest
There isn’t an outlook in the world that doesn’t seem more positive after a good night’s sleep. Avoid trying to work through the night to get more done – it ends up having the opposite effect on your productivity.
‘Treat your body like a well-oiled machine’ – that means healthy meals, and no skipping breakfast. A diet of coffee and energy drinks will not have you reaching your full potential.
Even just a 30-minute exercise session can work wonders to eliminate stress. Whether it’s a game of footy, a trip to the gym, or a run around the block, the endorphin kick will have you refreshed and ready to start your studies again later on.
Take a few minutes to take some long, deep breaths in and out, focusing on nothing but the act of breathing itself. Deep breathing can bring you back into a state of calm by decreasing your heart rate and relaxing your whole body. Try inhaling some essential oils while you breathe for an extra calming boost.
And finally? Remember it’s not the end of the world
Less-than-perfect exam results are not the ultimate deciding factor to your future. There are so many options and pathways out there. If you put the work in, in time you will absolutely get where you need to be.