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Mental health

1. Eat well-balanced meals

Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Fruit is good or try a healthy cereal bar rather than a sugary snack. 

2. Limit caffeine

It can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Green tea is always a good alternative. Get some fresh air instead of relying on coffee to keep you awake!


Susan McGrath, from Healthcare on Demand in Guildford, is an expert in dealing with stress:

 3. Exercise daily

Yes it's annoying but it does help you feel good and maintain your physical health too. The endorphins will over ride your anxieties. 

4. Take deep breaths

Inhale through your nose for 5 seconds. Hold your breath for 6 and then breath out slowly for 7. Repeat as many times as you need. It's also good to breath deeply into your stomach not just your chest.

5. Count to 10 slowly

Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary. You could even try counting colours, letters or objects around you to keep yourself in the moment and slow down your panicked thoughts.


6. Done is better than perfect

Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible for anyone, be proud of just getting through the exam and doing your best.


7. Accept that you cannot control everything

Put your stress in perspective. Only worry about what you can control. The exams will be over soon!

8. Welcome humor

A good laugh goes a long way. Take time out to meet with friends, speak to a family member or watch a comedy show. It's good to have a laugh, you release more endorphins too!

Rosanne Pearson, a Senior Supervisor at Childline, tells about the importance of counselling:

9. Learn what triggers your anxiety.

Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. It really helps to know that, as it'll ground your thoughts next time and halve your anxiety.

10. Talk to someone

Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. There are many online resources that can help you when you're feeling anxious. You could even speak to a therapist to help work out your thoughts. 


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