Month: April 2016

10 Top Tips for Dealing with Exam Stress

Tired College Student Girl Studying For University Exam Worried

Thousands of university students across the country are preparing for their exams. It’s, understandably, a very stressful time, but what can students do to help keep on top of their stress an anxiety?

  1. Eat Well: A balanced diet keeps your body healthy, and is vital for you to perform at your best.
  2. Get Enough Sleep: You need a full night’s sleep (about 8 hours) for your brain to function properly.
  3. Learn to Recognise When You’re Stressed: If you can be aware of when your stress is starting to become a problem, you can take steps to control it before it gets out of hand.
  4. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others: Everyone is different – not only will everyone get different results, everyone studies differently as well. What other people are doing doesn’t matter. Focus instead on what’s best for you and doing your best.
  5. Exercise: Not only does exercise provide a welcome break from studying, it produces chemicals that help combat stress and leave you feeling positive.

Tired Student Surrounded By Books


6. Take Regular Breaks: Your brain can only focus for so long in one go. Take regular short breaks every 40 minutes or so, with longer breaks every few hours. Scheduling time where it’s ok to check social media (i.e. in your short breaks) will also make you less likely to procrastinate – bonus!

7. Don’t Get Drawn In To Exam Post-Mortem: Worrying about what’s already happened won’t change it. Focus on moving forward – think about what’s coming next rather than dwelling on the past.

8. Lay off the Caffeine: Stimulants such as caffeine can increase your heart rate and contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.

9.Take Steps to Overcome Problems: Instead of panicking about something you don’t understand, ask for help! If you’re having problems, ask a friend or tutor to go through the course material with you. People would far rather see you succeed – help is there if you only ask!

10. Talk to Someone!: If you’re feeling stressed and struggling to cope, please do talk to someone – a friend, family member, or a counsellor. Most universities have student support service, and are well-equipped and experienced at helping students cope with exam stress.

That last point is perhaps the most important – it’s okay (and indeed, it’s the smart thing to do) to ask for help if you need it.

Good luck in your exams!

Top 10 Tweets from #DAW2016

You may have seen Twitter explode this week with people sharing their experiences of depression using #WhatYouDontSee

This is all to do with Depression Awareness Week, and this hashtag is all about shattering stereotypes of what it’s like to have depression, and bring the reality of this widely misunderstood illness into the public eye.

Missed it?

Here are our top 10 contributions from Twitter users from around the world!


The shame still associated with a condition that affects 1 in 5 adults:


How depression affects daily life and work:


How even the smallest things can feel like a crushing disaster: 


The problems of public perception of mental illness :


Depression isn’t just ‘feeling sad’:


Feeling bad about feeling happy:


The inherent contradiction of wanting and not wanting help at the same time:



You can’t know the struggles people face inside: 


It’s not rudeness, it’s depression:


And finally, the proof of how important #DAW2016 is, and how good it is to know you’re not alone: 


Spring Cleaning: Time to De-Clutter Your Mind

Why is it that we spring clean, where does the tradition come from?


Believe it or not, spring cleaning has been around for a long time and actually has some of its roots in religion.

For example, Jewish people often completely clean their home before Pesach or Passover, which happens in late March or early April.

Persian women clean everything in their house, including the ceilings before Nouroz, the Persian new year celebration.  The cleaning of the house is called khooneh takouni, which translates as “shaking the house”.

The Chinese clean their houses in readiness for the new year, which occurs later in the year than ours.  They sweep the floors and clean their homes in order to remove any misfortune or bad luck.

In England, at a guess, we perhaps wait until the spring to complete such thorough cleaning because before then it is not warm enough to open all the doors and windows!


“Spring cleaning can be the perfect opportunity to de-clutter, reassess, and make changes throughout your life”


Spring cleaning doesn’t just help clean your house, but it can be the perfect opportunity to de-clutter, reassess, and make changes throughout your life.  It can be potentially boring task, cleaning (definitely not my favourite pastime), but it has to be said, it can give you a great sense of accomplishment once you have finished.  De-cluttering can certainly have the same effect, getting rid of all the old stuff and things that you no longer need or use.


“Say goodbye to old habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and welcome in the new you”


The same can definitely be said of spring cleaning or de-cluttering your mind.  Spring is an excellent time to clear out all the old rubbish, say goodbye to old habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and welcome in the new you.

Thinking about it, perhaps it would be more useful to start our resolutions at this time of year, rather than the actual start of the year.  Ok, I know we would need to change the name from new year’s resolutions, but it certainly would make implementing exercise and dietary changes easier.  After all, walking or running in the spring sunshine is certainly more of an attractive proposition than slogging through wind and rain.

Spring cleaning your mind is certainly something you can do to help yourself, but of course, if you do feel that you want or need professional help then a good counsellor or hypnotherapist can help you work through and resolve any old patterns of behaviour or old beliefs you might still be hanging on to that are no longer serving you.

To find a qualified counsellor, visit The National Counselling Society

To find a qualified hypnotherapist, visit The National Hypnotherapy Society

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