With Results Day only hours away you might (understandably) be feeling a little more anxious than usual.
Don’t worry. We’ve got some top tips to help you manage and overcome that last-minute panic:
1. Stay healthy
Try to avoid leaning on unhealthy coping mechanisms, like drinking alcohol, smoking, overeating – or overworking. Stress doesn’t feel nice, and it’s not uncommon to turn to behaviours that make us feel better in the short-term, but worse in the long-term.
The STOP technique is a great way to manage unhelpful behaviours:
S – Stop what you’re doing: just pause and be still.
T – Take a breath. In through your nose, and out through your mouth. And another, nice and slow. Really connect with your breathing and feel the breath entering and exiting your body
O – Observe. Notice what’s happening, inside of you and outside of you. What do you feel? Where is your mind? And what are you doing, right now?
P – Proceed. Continue with what it is that you’re doing – or decide to move forward in a different direction.
2. Distract yourself
Exercising or doing something creative makes a great distraction – and both of these are powerful stress relievers.
3. Get some rest
Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep – this will help ensure you kick off tomorrow with the positive mindset you need.
4. Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to seek advice. Getting practical help can be a great way of coping and building resilience, as it drastically minimises the size of any perceived problems.
Think about who in your life is best-placed to give you some practical, well-grounded advice. Then think about how best to approach that person. A problem shared really is a problem halved, and a chat with someone else could help reframe your thoughts.
5. Believe in yourself
And finally - according to research, 79% of us handle situations that we worry about better than we expected.
Think back to a recent situation that caused you stress, or didn’t go as well as you had hoped, but one you actually coped with better than you imagined. What happened? So now, based on your previous experience of ‘what if’ worries – what things can you remind yourself of to stop your worries escalating?
Whatever happens, you’ve got this. Give our tips a go and, if you’re a Fika user, let us know how you got on in the Fika app’s Community feed. Fika has partnerships with 41 universities across the UK. For a list of Fika’s university partners, please click here.
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