Hello everyone! Welcome back!
Today I thought it would be a great time to focus on results day anxiety, as I’m an A level student myself receiving my results tomorrow, I know exactly how it feels to be anxious and stressed about what grades are going to be planted into that dreaded paper. So, I thought it would be a great idea to introduce to you guys what I will be doing to keep myself as calm and anxiety free as I possibly can this Thursday.
Being 18 means that I have already had my fair share of results days and exams, so I’m experienced with how everything works and how to stay as calm as possible. One thing you MUST remember prior, during and after you’ve collected your results is that it will not determine the rest of your life. At the end of the day it is just writing on paper, and it’s not the end of the world if your don’t get straight A’s, as long as you tried your best that’s all that you can do. Exams test one very specific part of your knowledge, so you shouldn’t let that determine whether you smart or not. After getting your brain into this mind set, you will already begin to feel more relaxed about ‘results day’, because you’re not putting as much pressure on yourself. I have found throughout my years of school that having a positive mindset when entering these situations is one of the most important things, otherwise you are going to feel even more down and upset.
So know that I have explained the reasoning to why I am writing this, and how to approach results day, I am now going to give you some ways on managing the ‘results day anxiety’;
- Surround yourself with people that you love – For me, a huge part of distracting myself from the thought of results day, and a great way to settle my nerves was surrounding myself with my loved ones. Whether that be your family, friends or even your companion, it really doesn’t matter as long as you feel calm and happy around them. Also, because they know the feelings you are experiencing they are more than likely to offer you support and love, which is crucial during this time of your life. Having that love and a positive atmosphere around you will help relax and settle your mind and avoid you from feeling over anxious for that dreaded day.
- Don’t go alone but don’t allow a crowd – What I mean by this is that it’s important to take some people with you to collect your results, however, too many people can certainly be a disadvantage and you will begin to feel more pressured with a crowd. In my opinion having your mum and dad as company is plenty, allowing any more than 2-3 people to come with you will pile the pressure, especially when you turn up with your friends who are also receiving their results, because then there is a sense of competition. Make sure you go with people that will show you love and support no matter what the end result.
- Don’t keep your emotions to yourself – I have mentioned this before in one of my previous blog posts, but I believe this is especially relevant here. During the approach to results day you will be experiencing many various emotions, including nerves, guilt and negativity, and this is perfectly normal. It is also normal for teens to keep their emotions bottled up to themselves, and this is the mistake most people make. Speaking to ANYONE about your emotions will help you anxiety massively. Venting your feelings to people can often lead to more support which will help settle the nerves that you are feeling. If you bottle up your emotions then they will just grow and grow until you at a breakdown stage.
- Make sure that you are organised! – This is especially applied for if you are going to University. It is crucial that you have all the numbers for the University/s that you are applying for just in case you don’t get the grades you require and you need to contact them to find out whether you are allowed in or not. If you have all this information ready, then you’re automatically going to feel more relaxed and less stressed, and it will ease the pressure if you don’t get the results. A lot of anxiety comes from the lack of preparation so make sure you do the small things before!
- Get rest the night before and use my fundamental methods – For my fifth and final method all I can say is that it’s crucial to get an early night (if you find you can’t sleep be sure to read my blog on how to sleep with anxiety), because having a good nights rest will mean you are more emotionally stable and ready for the big day! Also if you feel yourself feeling anxious in the moment then use my tapping your thumb on your index finger to remain calm and collected.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog, and I hope my 5 methods help you or someone you know greatly! Even if this blog doesn’t apply to you directly, feel free to show people that it will effect, because there is thousands of teens out there that will be feeling extremely emotional at this time!
Thank you once again for reading, and I wish everyone who is receiving their results this month a HUGE good luck.