It’s natural to experience heightened stress levels around exams and assessment deadlines. But there’s a difference between general stress and any kind of anxiety that significantly affects your ability to study and do well in an assessment.
If you’re worried that you’re unable to cope with the stress you're under, get in touch with KCLSU Advice for support and help with the mitigating circumstances procedure - log in and contact us here.
For everyone else, scroll through the hints and tips below on how to stay healthy and effectively manage stress. Also, check out King’s Take Time Out for tips on staying well during your studies.
Self-care is looking after yourself and taking responsibility for your own wellbeing. It includes things like brushing your teeth and showering, but is also for your mental health. Adopting positive self-care techniques can help ease the symptoms of mental health problems. Here are some ideas:
get together with people you love – a phone call, a visit, or just a quick Whatsapp chat. Hearing the voice of someone who loves you can help remind you to love yourself.
Stress is your body’s reaction to pressure. When things become overwhelming, your stress response becomes even more heightened, which has the potential to cause serious problems.
Stress can affect how you think, how you feel, how your body works, and how you behave. Symptoms include loss of appetite, not being able to sleep, headaches, not being able to breathe properly, sweating a lot, and difficulty concentrating. So, it’s important to manage stress so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or jeopardise your mental health.
Your concentration and energy levels are directly influenced by what you’re putting into your body, so your diet is just as important as your assessment prep.
Eating regular, healthy meals and staying hydrated is a good idea. Water is much more effective than energy drinks – even if you’ve stayed up all night revising, water will be more beneficial to you than a Red Bull. Fruit, veg, and oily fish give you the nutrients your body needs to boost your brain and keep your body alert, active and able to cope.