Everyone has stress, no matter where you are in life, what you’re doing, and whether you like what you’ve got going for you or not. It’s just what happens. I’m still doing through the stage of life where I have exams and a lot of pressure from that side of things, and sometimes it honestly gets to the point where I just want to burn all of my books and folders, so I won’t have to look at them anymore.
But, having been through the delightful experience of 22 exams within a matter of a couple of weeks for GCSE, and the stress of A Levels, I have learned how I best deal with stress.
So, these are my top three tips!
I know this is something loads of people say, and it’s so hard to get motivated for, but I like to run. It’s always been my favourite type of exercise, so I try to run at weekends. The freedom of running through a park, music in your ears, not having to talk to anyone, is just great. And the exhaustion from exercise is stunningly different from the general exhaustion of studying and work; it’s a rewarding exhaustion.
2. Schedule NICE THINGS.
It’s horrid when you sit down and look at your planner/diary/calendar and all you see is ‘exam’, ‘study day’, ‘revision session’, ‘coursework’ etc. Believe me, I know. So, put some nice things on it. Go out for an evening. Have a day trip elsewhere. Have a pizza night with your friends. Go to a café for the afternoon. Whatever it is, just leave the work behind. I always felt like if I did that, I’d not get enough work done, and everything would crumble around me – that isn’t true. If you’re committed enough when you do study, then taking some time out for yourself can only be good.
3. Make your days structured.
So many people say ‘make revision timetables’, but to be honest, most of the time that never works. You’ll make a timetable, then realise that all of your time is already allocated doing something, whether it’s one subject or another, and that’s just depressing. Scheduling every little bit of your day is not good; it leaves you feeling trapped. So, I don’t do that. I’ve had a week’s schedule drawn up since January, and it’s the best thing I’ve done. This is what it looks like –
I’m lucky this year to have so much study time at school, but there’s more than enough work for me to get one with at this point, and it’s truly exhausting. But if I stick to this schedule, it makes sure I get everything done. Obviously a large amount of that is just my school day, but having such a simplistic schedule for every day means I know what I can get done. And this equates to roughly 58 hours of study every week, if my lessons are included, which is plenty. But it still leaves all that room for extra work. Plus, I know it’s flexible, so if I want to go out one night, I can rearrange however many hours I’m missing.