Whether you have studied GSCE’s, A levels, a degree or an apprenticeship, you will have experienced stress at some point. With it being my final 2 weeks in the education system, I thought I would share the tips I have learned over the years on how to deal with stress as a student!👩🏽🎓
1). Start your work early- Whether it’s revision or an assignment, get ahead of the game, even if it’s just a plan. By getting ahead you leave plenty of time for mistakes and meltdowns to happen. This also leaves you the opportunity to work “little and often”. This always works for me, by doing a little bit each day, you have time to relax inbetween, whilst knowing you have plenty of time. Cramming in last minute work, never works out!
2). Make sure you have a good support network around you- Studying for exams or writing a dissertation can be very draining and this can make us feel rubbish! So make sure you have good support around you, someone to give you a hug, offer advice and make you the odd cup of tea!
3). Have back ups- Technology and memory sticks are what have caused the majority of my stress over the years. Whether you think you’re safe or not, things can always fail! So always email your work to yourself when you’ve updated it, that way you ALWAYS have a backup.
4). Remember it’s not the end of the world- Over the years I’ve learned that as much as you don’t think it, things will always work out in the end. In fact, whatever you are stressing over now will probably have no significance in 5 years. Since finishing my A levels 3 years ago, no one have ever asked to see my grades, and I thought they would define me!! If you have a dream, there will always be a way to reach it, whether you have grade A’s or not. Don’t let it make you ill.❤️
5). Take a break!- At the time you think a break will be the end of the world and that one break will be detrimental, but it won’t! Breaks do you a lot of good actually, they help you to come back with a fresh mindset and your work will always turn out better!
6). Remember why you started– There’s a reason we work hard in education, and that’s to reach our goals, to get a good job and to be happy. Don’t let the stress of things make you forget why you’re here. Remember it will all be worth it in the end, this stress is only temporary!
7). Make sure there’s a reward at the end of it all- It’s important that you look after yourself and when you’ve worked so hard on something it’s important that you reward yourself! Plus this keeps you motivated throughout your work. Buy a new pair of trainers, book a weekend away or just book a big night out! Make sure to celebrate!🥂
8). Keep your workspace tidy- Tidy desk, tidy mind…it’s so true!
9). Take advantage of the support you are being offered- Whether it’s a teacher or a lecturer, they are paid to teach you, so ask them all the questions in the world! Go to free sessions and ask for support if you need it!🥰
10). What’s the worst that can happen?– it really isn’t life or death, there is always a way round things. If you fail, you can resist and it you need an extension just ask for one! Where there’s a will there’s a way people.
I hope these tips help anyone who is struggling with student stress right now. I promise you it will all be worth it in the end. You’ve got this and I believe in you! If you can dream it you can achieve it! Now go make a cuppa💙