If there’s a knot in your stomach that feels like it’s getting tighter and tighter as results day looms, don’t worry – you’re not alone, and there are things you can do to help. We asked Solent Health to put together their best advice for gnawing nerves.
Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is: what’s done is done. You can’t change it, and there WILL be options open to you, whatever happens.
If that doesn’t help, try writing a list of the things you can and can’t control on a bit of paper. Once you’ve done this, tear up the things you can’t change, and use what’s left to make a plan of action.
For example, you can’t control what your results will be, but you can make sure you know exactly what to expect, whatever the outcome.
You could read up on clearing (from weeks 43 and 44), and keep an eye out for next week’s article (about your options on results day). Alternatively, you could head over to the Student Room to get some advice from students who have already been in your position. Just make sure you leave if discussing the exams stresses you out!
Take your mind off it
Distraction is often a good technique, so plan fun things with your friends and family, and get moving as much as you can.
Exercise can help with clearing your thoughts, as can telling your worries to a friend. Find some activities that get your endorphins going, whether that’s a Boogie Bounce class or a trip to the New Forest Water Park.
However, while it’s great to distract yourself from your worries, it’s best not to do this with cigarettes, alcohol, or too much caffeine, as this can only make you feel worse in the long run.
Boring as it may sound, eating well, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep can help your mind cope better with stressful situations.
If you’re struggling to sleep, get up at a consistent, fairly early, time every morning and go to bed at the same time in the evenings. Instead of scanning social media in bed, read a book (although maybe steer clear of anything scary!).
If you’re really struggling to manage your results day anxiety, always talk to someone. Chances are your friends are feeling the same things, and you can try and combat your nerves together.
If you can’t face talking to anyone close to you, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 if you’re under 19.
Get ready for next week
Whether you’re expecting good or bad news, it’s definitely a good idea to be prepared on results day. Here’s what you should have ready:
- Your UCAS ID
- A notepad and pen
- The phone numbers of your firm and insurance choice universities (Solent's is 023 8001 1722)
- Make sure your phone is fully charged
- Plan something for the evening of results day. It’s always good to have something to look forward to!
Lastly, we spotted a video with some more great tips - take a look:
In next week’s article we’ll have advice on what you should do in any of the situations you could face. Until then, have a good week – we’ll see you on the other side!
Tasks for this week
- Do something fun to distract yourself from your nerves.
- Get your bag ready for results day.
- Keep an eye out for week 49.
- Don't forget to breathe! YOU'VE GOT THIS.