At CIPS, we understand the feelings of pressure, stress and anxiety you might feel whilst studying for your qualifications. However, it is important to remember these feelings in most cases are temporary.
There are many things you can do to help manage your feelings throughout the studying and examination process – here are some of our favourites:
1. Keep things in perspective
Whilst the examination(s) you are currently studying for are important, it is essential to take a step back and look at the “bigger picture.” You can still be successful, even if you do not achieve the examination marks you hoped for. Exam success (or failure) does not define you as a person and future employers will look at more things than just your exam marks. You should be proud of how far you’ve come already and remember, you can only do your best.
2. Get organised
Make a list of things you have to do and arrange them by priority. Organise your tasks into a calendar or timetable to make sure you have enough time allocated for what you want to accomplish. If you find yourself struggling, try to identify some tasks that are not urgent and can be delayed by a few days or even a few weeks. Try not to take on too much at once and don’t forget to schedule yourself time to relax and rest!
3. Look after your well-being
Drink plenty of water and make sure your diet includes nutritious foods; foods or drinks that are high in sugar may give you energy for a brief period but this will be followed quickly by low energy and in many cases, will only add to your overall tiredness. Try to make time for exercise as frequent breaks and even short walks will help energise you and lower your stress levels.
Reach out to friends and family for support and don’t forget to give yourself time for relaxation. For more information on these topics, please visit Mind or Student Minds.If you find yourself feeling desperate or struggling to cope, please do not suffer in silence. Below is a list of support you can access; if you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves or others, please contact your local emergency services immediately.