As most formal examinations come to a close this month, it may seem like a long wait ahead of you until you find out the results. The time that you have been preparing and studying hard for the examinations to finally arrive has now been and gone. With studying comes a huge amount of stress as you try to do as much work as you possibly can in order to achieve the results that you hope for or are expected of you. We have all heard of people who supposedly do no work at all towards their examinations and seemingly sail through them, gaining top marks in everything. However, in reality, the truth is that a lot of dedication, time and hard work goes into studying for any type of examination.
Now that you can breathe a sigh of relief that you have completed your examinations, you now have the stress and worry of wondering how you did. In the days leading up to results day, you may find yourself becoming increasingly anxious and running all different scenarios through your mind. What if you have failed at everything? What if you haven't achieved what was predicted? What if…?
To worry is perfectly natural and waiting for results can be challenging but there are some strategies that may help you cope.
Accept that your worry and anxiety is normal. Connect with others who are going through the same situation and you may find that talking to someone who understands, will help you to come to terms with your own emotions and feelings.
Look after yourself and practice self care. Acknowledge your physical and emotional needs and don't feel guilty for doing the things that you enjoy. Give yourself permission to have a well deserved rest after all the work you have been doing. Distract yourself by spending time with friends and family, hobbies, exercise or anything else that makes you feel happy.
The mind can often tell you things that are not real and just because they are your thoughts doesn't mean that they are true or correct. Each time you think of a negative thought, try replacing it with a positive one and use positive affirmations on a daily basis, affirming how well you have done and are continuing to do. Instead of fixating on results, move your focus onto the things that you can control. Be kind to yourself and be patient!