Tips on how to cope with exam stress


These are some of my tips mostly aimed at university and college students, that I’ve found helpful to cope with stress in the build-up to exams.

  • Stop flapping! Keep breathing! Slow, gentle, abdominal deep breaths.


  • Try to get some good quality sleep. Quality better than quantity!
  • PACE your activities to your energy levels, especially if like me, you struggle with chronic fatigue or chronic pain conditions e.g CFS /ME or Fibromyalgia RNHRD Energy Management
  • Go outside for a walk (or in your wheelchair/mobility scooter) in the countryside. Get some fresh air it changes your perspective.


  • Eat well: healthy breakfasts, more protein less carbs e.g. Fish, eggs, chicken,Green leafy vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water or decaffeinated drinks.  If you don’t like plain water try this   Summit Aqua Infuser51wVEG7fPxL


  • One hour per day of focused revision only! Follow up with half an hour later in the day to review your revision notes.The Guardian Revision Tips.
  • Take time out to relax, to have fun, to forget about what you’re revising, to allow what you’ve studied to be unconsciously processed.
  • Mixed memory aides methods: Post-it notes, Index cards, Mindmaps, audio notes, whatever floats your boat!
  • Good music to support your studies or to relax to try the OU Playlist free on Spotify
  • Reward  yourself with small treats. image




  • Plan a big one for post exam!




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