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Exams are right around the corner, and you might feel overwhelmed or anxious. That is totally normal. Here are a few top tips to help you through exam stress.

1. Follow your body’s cues.

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand our anxiety. It might help to do a simple body scan to note any uncomfortable feelings. Once you’re aware of these sensations, you can do things to help.

  • Get moving – gentle stretches, exercise, or celebratory dances help when you feel frozen or tense.
  • Get plenty of rest – you might feel worried about losing revision time, but this’ll actually help boost your productivity.
  • Eat balanced meals and enough – your body will need fuel for brain performance, energy, and concentration.

2. Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique.

Many breathing techniques can help relieve exam pressure. One of the most popular ones is called the 4-7-8.

Basically, you inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, and then exhale for eight.

Simple, right? This should help you calm your nervous system. If it feels unnatural at first, don’t worry – you’ll get used to it with practice.

3. Don’t compare.

Everyone learns in their own way and at their own pace. If your friends do things differently, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’ll fail. You’re also totally allowed to keep your results to yourself.

Remember, at the end of the day, you’ve tried your best, and grades don’t define your value.

4. Break things down.

If revision feels overwhelming, one solution is to break it down into smaller chunks. Small chunks will help your brain process information, and you’ll probably find you’re more productive.

5. Ask for help.

It’s okay to ask for help – whether from a friend, peer, family member, teacher, or professional. If you need, you can talk to someone at ChildLine.

If you feel extra pressure from family, you could also try talking to them about what you think is achievable and how they can best support you.

We hope this helps. Best of luck – you’re almost done!