Exam time is a difficult time for everyone, though for some more than others.
So it’s important to remember that you can do things to help yourself remain calm and in control, throughout those weeks when your adrenaline can be flowing a little more rapidly.
Here are some evidence based ways that we can look after our mental health, a bit like a ‘5 a day for the mind and soul’.
- Keep Connected; stay in touch with the people around you, the people who care about you and who can support you in life
- Be active; go for a walk/ run/ swim, breathe in some fresh air. Exercise on the Downs. Release that adrenaline in a positive way
- Take Notice; notice the world around you, the changing seasons, walk around and observe what is happening. Be aware of your feelings
- Keep learning; learning new things can be fun if you make time for it, and for yourself too
- Give; do something nice for someone else. Cook a meal/ help out your community/ volunteer. It is scientifically proven that being nice to others releases a happy hormone (oxytocin) and makes you feel better too!
However, if doing all these things isn’t enough to support you through a difficult time then remember we are here to help, as are the Counselling service, and other services in the university, like the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
It is normal for exam time to be stressful, that adrenaline can help focus the mind and bring your performance up a notch, but if it feels out of control, and overwhelming then please ask for help sooner rather than later.