Dealing with Exam Stress

dealing with exam stress

It’s exam season, so I am stressed. Google normally has the answer for everything, but unfortunately not in this case. When I googled “how to deal with exam stress” I rolled my eyes at 98% of the words on the screen…

“Eat right.” So far today, I’ve had 4 slices of toast, a cookie and a doughnut… Is that “right”?

“Sleep well.” If we’re counting that accidental nap during the day then I’m getting 6 or 7 hours tops.

“Quit the bad habits.” You mean stress eating and cramming the morning of the exam? They actually kinda help, so no thank you!

“Learn to recognise when you’re stressing out.” I’m stressed out all the time, but I’m not sure how recognising that helps… What am I supposed to do about it?

dealing with exam stress

Clearly Google wasn’t too helpful, however I have come up with a few tips and tricks myself. They don’t stop me from stressing out (pretty sure that’s not possible if we’re being honest), but they do help me cope.

1)  An endless supply of tea/coffee.
It’s even better if there’s someone there to make it for you… Thanks Lewis.

2)  Get out of the house.
Taking a short break can really help. You can’t study every minute of every day, and I love heading out for a walk to clear my head.

3)  A box of doughnuts goes a long way.
A little sweet treat really can help to perk you up. I made a little trip to Tantrum Doughnuts after my exam on Thursday, and I can promise you it was a great decision.

4)  A gin won’t hurt either.
Reward yourself for your hard work. There’s nothing wrong with a gin at the end of a long day of studying!

5)  Find a way of studying that works best for you.
Some people thrive in the library, some people need colourful and categorised mind maps… Personally, I like studying at home the most and I find that writing notes out by hand is the best way to get them in my head.

6)  Make plans for after exams.
Having something to look forward to will hopefully make the exam season go a little bit quicker. I don’t have any concrete plans yet, but I’m genuinely just looking forward to laying on the couch and watching Netflix without feeling guilty.

I’ve still got 3 exams to go, so I better get back to work…

How do you deal with stress? Got any tips for me? 


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  • I remember when exam stress for GCSE and i never wanna have to relive it! But finding your own way to revise helps a lot!

  • Sima Aykin says:

    Hi lovely!
    First of all I want to say that I’m so happy that I found your blog. This blog post is so helpful for me because I’m dealing with a great deal of stress during my exam season. I understand how you feel and I can suggest you to go for a walk when you feel unmotivated. I do my excercises regularly and it makes me happier.
    Followed you on Twitter and Instagram by the way!
    Much love,

  • Fran says:

    I deal with stress by doing exercise. I go to the gym or attend a Yoga class every night, it makes me feel relaxed and allows me to clear my head before having a hot shower and jumping into bed

    Fran |

  • Fab tips! I’m just coming I to the home stretch of our exams, it’s such a high stress time right now so going to buy all the donuts and gin right away haha. I think it is important to eat right though and just take me time when you can, that’s been my crutch atm.

  • Utibeno says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve tried Google ways too, *shaking my head* they made me worse.

  • I can’t personally relate to exam stress, but I’m super stressed about how I’m going to get clients for my new photography business haha! I’m going to pass this post on to some of my friends, I know they’ll really appreciate it x

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