The countdown for results day has officially begun! So here are some top tips how to stay calm and reduce the nerves…
1. Make a plan.
This way you will stay and remain organised. Make sure you know what time you’ve got to go and pick up your results and where you need to go. If it helps, set an alarm so you’re ready and not rushing around.
Making an action plan for the day this will help you feel prepared and think about what you might need to do if you don’t achieve the grades you were hoping for, so you’re not panicking on the day. You may not use any of these plans but it’s good to put your mind at ease. Plan something nice to do with friends or family later in the day so that you have it to look forward to regardless of what happens on the day!
2. Get plenty of rest.
Sleep may be the last thing on your mind the evening before Results Day but a good few winks will put you in a good frame of mind to face what lies ahead for the following day!
There are plenty of ways you can make sure you get a good sleep – wake up early the morning before instead of having a mammoth lie in or try exercising during the day so that you’re nice and tired when you go to bed. Try to unwind before bed too so you can get a decent night’s sleep. Light some candles and run yourself a hot Turn off your phone so you won’t be disturbed. Get some time to yourself and you will be counting sheep in no time.
3. Don’t go alone.
You may not think taking your mum or dad along to school with you is the coolest thing to do, but having a family member there could help you when the nerves start to set in, you might really appreciate them being there!
If you need to go by car they can drive you and bring you home so that’s one less thing to worry about when you may be distracted and nervous. If things unfortunately don’t go to plan and you don’t get the results you hoped for it’s nice to have help, advice and support to plan your next steps. Even if they don’t come in handy for any of the above, they might buy you a nice lunch afterwards!
4. Exercise (it’s not as bad as it sounds).
Gentle exercise is a great way to relax and calm your nerves. You don’t have to sign up to a gym or become a member! Something as simple as walking round the block, taking in the fresh air and scenery or some yoga in your living room, it’s really that simple! If you really need to release some stress, go for a run. This will help clear your mind and is also a good workout!
5. Listening to music.
Music can have a very powerful effect on the way you feel and your emotions. Classical music has a soothing effect, but any music you love will lower anxiety and calm you down. Unwind by listening to something chilled, or crank up the volume and sing your heart out. Whatever works for you!
6. Colouring in.
Colouring in is really popular with all ages at the moment, it helps to calm you down and relax your mind as you are concentrating on colouring between the lines and deciding what colour to use next. With some music playing in the background, a bit of colouring-in helps distract from the stressful things in life and brings you back to a nice childhood memory.