Most of us out there don’t enjoy getting exam results back, but unfortunately, this is what being a student means.
I personally hate getting results back, even if I feel like I performed okay. I think for a lot of us, it’s the what if’s that scare us. What if I didn’t do as well as I expected? What if I really did fail? What if I didn’t do enough? These are questions that plague my mind after each exam and right before results come out, which is probably why I get so stressed and anxious during these times.
One of the things I find works for me is to keep busy. If I’m busy with work, reading or watching something then I won’t have enough time to think about my exams. By keeping my mind off the topic of exams and results, I reduce my stress levels and am able to get through the day easier.
Stress can easily take its toll on your physical health so be sure to take care of yourself. When I’m stressed, my immune system is affected the most and I almost immediately catch a cold. This is also probably due to the decrease in sleep and loss of appetite I get during these times. So try to stick to the same sleep schedule and ensure that you eat well.
Find a way to release any pent-up stress. For many, this can be done through exercise by tiring yourself out and following the simple motions to calm the mind.
Practice meditation and mindfulness. I like to keep a daily journal to track how I feel each day and I find that by writing things down, I sometimes realise that I overdramatise certain events which cause me more stress than I need. Occasionally, I like to spend some time in one position, closing my eyes and focusing on my breathing. I find that this helps to reduce stress and anxiety by releasing any frustrations that may be bottled within.