How I'm coping with anxiety about results day
Results day can be nerve-wracking under any circumstances, but with exams being cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may feel particularly stressful this year. Elsa, 18, shares her tips for coping.
Like many students all over the country, I should have been taking my A-Levels this year and am totally in the dark about what results day will be like.
Results day is always nerve-wracking, but this year it comes with a lot more unknowns and uncertainties, which can make the lead up to the day even more difficult.
Part of me feels excited to finally get my results after all this time, but at the same time I have been feeling very anxious and worried about the day recently, and feel it taking up a lot of my thoughts at the moment.
My tips for coping
However, I have also developed some techniques to help myself stay calm as we approach the day. Here are some of my top tips:
- Keep things in perspective - I know it might seem like the results you get are the be-all and end-all of your future, but remember that there are so many pathways and so many people who will be there to support you through whatever path you choose to take. Please don’t give up if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for.
- Breathe - It seems simple but if you feel overly anxious or worried, just stop and take some deep breaths. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and start to panic, so take some time to focus on your breathing.
- Be kind to yourself - Remember that you are worth more than a number and these grades do not define you.
- Ask for help - If you’re feeling overwhelmed at any point, reach out for support. There will always be someone who will be happy to listen or help when you need it - you don’t have to solve everything on your own. If there’s no one you feel comfortable speaking to about how you feel, you can always call a helpline.
- Be as open-minded as possible - Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan, but remember that’s not always a bad thing. Keep an open mind about the different possibilities there are following results day - you might even be surprised!
- Consider your next steps - It can be easy to feel like you have to make very quick decisions in a moment without feeling like you have time to think it through, but it’s important to take a step back to consider all of the different options available to you so that you make a choice which you feel positive about. Try and make yourself aware of the different pathways you could take before results day so that the day itself feels less daunting and overwhelming.
- Don’t compare yourself to others - I know this can be a lot easier said than done but please try to avoid comparing your results with your friends or anyone else. Focus on yourself and how far you’ve come.
- Celebrate your achievements - It’s a year like no other but don’t forget how far you’ve come. GCSE and A-Level years are tough and you deserve to celebrate your hard work.
Wishing everyone the best of luck for results day this year.
Author: Elsa, 18
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