Dealing with exam stress whilst experiencing grief can be extremely challenging. Here are some top tips to help you manage and cope with stress this exam season:
- Seek support: Reach out to friends, family members, or a counsellor who can provide support during this difficult time. Sharing your feelings and talking about your grief can help alleviate some of the stress. Our helpline, grieftalk, is open 9am – 9pm, 5 days a week, with our trained staff ready to give you advice, guidance, and support. Call, web-chat or email us on 0808 802 0111.
- Create a Plan: Organising your day-to-day exam and revision schedule to ensure you have dedicated time for both studying and self-care means you don’t forget about YOU. Break up your revision and exam sessions into chunks and set realistic goals, whilst also making sure you have time to relax and reflect.
- The Basics: By taking care of your physical and emotional well-being, you will feel fresher and more ready to take on the exam season. Get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and engage in activities that bring you comfort, such as exercise, meditation, or sport. In reflecting, make time to remember your special person, and consider what they might be encouraging you to do.
- Be kind to yourself: Understand that grief can affect your ability to concentrate and retain information. Be patient with yourself and set realistic expectations. Focus on doing your best and not the end results.
- Seek Extra Support If Needed: If your bereavement is recent or has significantly impacted your ability to study or perform well in exams, consider speaking with your school or college about possible extended deadlines or alternative exam arrangements.
- Use Support Resources: Take advantage of any support services your schools or college provides, such as academic support. They can offer guidance, understanding, and practical assistance during this challenging time.
- Practice Stress Management Techniques: Incorporate stress-reducing techniques into your routine, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, art, music or journaling. These techniques can help you relax, focus, and reduce anxiety.
- Stay Organized: Use tools like planners or digital apps to keep track of your deadlines and important dates. Being organized can help reduce stress and ensure you stay on top of your responsibilities.
- Remember: Find meaningful ways to remember your special person during your breaks or before exams. This can provide a sense of connection and comfort during a challenging time.
Remember, grief is a personal process, and everyone copes differently. It’s important to prioritize your well-being and seek professional help if needed. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for specialised support during this time. Call us on 0808 802 0111 / or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org