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How to handle exam results stress

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A Level exam results are out today. However, in England 36% of entries had a lower grade than teachers predicted and a further 3% were down two grades. The confusion during the pandemic regarding the marking scheme which is based on predicted results and statistical modelling certainly has helped with many pupils and teachers left extremely frustrated by today's results. So how do you cope with the stress of receiving exam results that are below expectation?

Well certainly there is some work for the exam boards to do. There will be many appeals in the coming weeks and Government will almost certainly be asked to step in. In this sense the first thing is not to worry unecessarily. You are certainly not alone and if you results are far below your teacher's prediction then there is certainly a case for appeal - easy to say, but don't be overly concerned at this stage. It's early days and I suspect much will change.

The second is that whatever the final outcome, it isn't the end of the world. Yes, it may seem like it now. You will have future plans fo which University you want to go to and have a future mapped out that suddenly seems elusive.

You know what, there are many, many successful people in this world that do not have a single qualification to their name, and many more who did not get the required grades, went through clearing, had an absolute ball at University and still became a huge success afterwards.

Sometimes, a little stress and tension can be a good thing as the adrenaline may in some situations spur you on or get you out of a tight spot. But in many instances stress is an unwanted and potentially harmful emotion that can manifest physically in many unpleasant ways: headaches, sweating, insomnia, skin rashes to name but a few.

So here is Didsbury Tea's top ten tips for coping with stress during the exam results period:

1. Don't worry too much if you are going through appeal as your results are not yet decided. Everything can change and you would be better channelling your energies elsewhere.

2. Read, binge watch a TV series or watch some nice films. There is nothing like losing yourself in a good box set or a few films to escape real life and calm your mind and reading is a great way to take your mind off your worries. Try reading some autobiographies of successful people like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerburg, Steven Spielberg or Deborah Meadon. Plenty of successful people made it without attending university at all.

3. Go out and appreciate nature. We live in a constructed world of buildings, internet, examinations, offices and jobs... but if the pandemic has shown us anything it is that life is fragile and we are part of a wider universe and natural world. Just breath, take in the awe and beauty around you and realise that you are small part of a much bigger picture. Health, happiness and being at one with nature are so much more important than exam results - trust me, when you've had cancer and are gein you look back and realise that actually all those stresses were unnecessary and the things you thought weren't important really didn't matter at all!

4. Make contingency plans. Start looking at alternatives such as a higher level Apprenticeship, Open University (it's cheaper and you can work your way through university!), self employment or clearing. There is always another pathway and when you take that path, meet the love of your life or are presented with an unexpected opportunity you will realise that everything happens for a reason - this is your path and it's destined for you.

5. Turn a weakness into a strength. This will allow to to develop a resilience and determination to succeed come what may, and trust me, these are the traits of successful people, not a draw full of qualifications on paper.

6. Talk to someone. Speak to a friend, close relative or contact your school or college and see if you can speak to a teacher or counsellor.

7. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and won't make you feel better; it will make you feel worse.

8. Do something fun. Go go karting, shopping or paint balling - whatever is available and open that makes you feel great.

9. Meditate. There are plenty of guided meditations on You Tube that you can listen to for free and apps that you can download on your phone. these will help to relax and unwind.

10. Try Didsbury Anxiety Tea. Steep one spoonful in boiling water for five minutes, strain and serve with a spoonful of honey to taste. take this about an hour before bed to help you relax, calm and sleep well. You should start to see results within a few days and the symptoms associated with stress including headaches and insomnia gently ebb away.

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