Everyone knows that exams are stressful. In fact, it’s the stress that will motivate and prime students to do well. But it’s also stress that can drag them down and trigger mental health problems. If you aren’t stressed enough, you may not perform at your best but if you are too stressed the effect can be the same.
A few years ago I wrote a short ebook, Exam Attack, and sold many copies to schools and individuals. I have recently taken that book down. There’s a reason: the lovely people at Franklin Watts, the imprint of Hachette Children’s Group that publishes Positively Teenage and Body Brilliant, are going to publish it “properly”. It will be much longer and more detailed than the original and will, of course, be in printed form.
But where are you to go if you have a stressed exam student this year and can’t wait till next year? I have two answers:
- Lots of my previous blog posts over this. Put “exam attack” into the search box above.
- Meanwhile, I have just come across this truly excellent leaflet from the Scottish Association for Mental Health and I thoroughly recommend it.
Remember my Table of Wellbeing. It’s got four legs. Look after them ALL.
Don’t make the mistake I often made when I was younger and forget to take breaks. I made myself ill like that. Not a mistake I’ll make again.
To keep your mental health optimal throughout such a stressful time, look after yourself, keep your perspective and always talk to someone if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Also, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Your only job is to do your best, not beat anyone else.