GCSE results day is approaching at lightning speed.
It could be a day that you are looking forward to, eager to know which 6th form you’ll be going to, or excited for the celebrations with your family and friends. However, this can also be a time of extreme nerves and anxiety.
Our marketing executive all too vividly remembers the day she received her GCSE results “I was on holiday with my parents, curled up on the bed, bawling my eyes out. My Mother had to ring the school to get my results. I didn’t want to hear them.”
To help others that may be experiencing extreme anxiety in the countdown to that day. Here are a few stress-reducing tips.
- Talk to someone. It doesn’t have to be your family. Speak to a close friend who’s also about to get their results, they’ll most likely be feeling the same, or similar to you and you can help reassure each other.
- Write it down. Why are you feeling like this? Sometimes getting it down on paper can be easier than speaking.
- Go for a walk. Getting out in the fresh air is one of the best things you can do. It’s refreshing and walking has been proven to help calm nerves and breathing.
- Cuddle a pet, if you have a dog, cat or rabbit. Sit with them and pet them. The rhythmic motion of stroking a fluffy animal has a calming effect, plus their purring and body heat is extremely reassuring.
- Baking. Do you enjoy baking? Have you ever tried making bread from scratch? Kneading dough into a loaf is a great stress buster. Let you fists go to town on the dough and enjoy some delicious home-made bread as a result. Of course, if this isn’t for you then you could hit the gym and take it out on a punch bag.
- Do you enjoy gaming? Log on to your favourite game and get lost in the tactics.
- Make a pros and cons list. What’s the worst that can happen? Write down the benefits of the impending results and, instead of the cons for not getting what’s recommended, write down what alternative options you have. You may even decide you want to do something you hadn’t considered before.
- Cry. There is no shame or harm in it, holding onto your feelings and worry isn’t good for you, so let it out.
Remember whatever the results there are lots of options and alternatives as well as places to get impartial sound careers advice.
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