How to keep ourselves occupied in the run up to results day
Exams are done – for me, at least! It is all too easy to spend the next 6/7 weeks worrying about results day, but I am going to share what I plan on doing to keep myself busy!
I’m going to spend time considering this question – what do I enjoy?
It is so important to take some time for yourself after the stress that has been the past few months. What have you been neglecting over the past few months (or years!)? For me, I aim on getting back into reading fiction – this is a great source of escapism for me, and I can’t wait to delve back into the Harry Potter collection. This is a great distraction from any nerves that may be lurking about exam results!
I’m also going to persevere in methods to increase my general wellbeing. I am going to continue exercising, as well as commit to practising mindfulness first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The few times I have tried taking a few minutes out of my day and just being present have been really effective, I use the headspace app (which is free). I have a habit of losing commitment to things that don’t have an immediate positive outcome, but it is my goal to stay committed!
I want to try some new things too! I’ve heard that activities such as painting and drawing can help relax the mind, because you have to concentrate so it leaves less room for your mind to wander. I’ve also started taking up a new hobby – selling my old clothes on depop. I use this app regularly to buy second hand clothes because firstly, it’s cheaper and secondly, it’s great to reuse clothes! Since using this app I have spent much less time shopping in high street stores.
Most of all, I am going to, as best as I can, keep things in perspective. There is A LOT going on in the world right now, which does not make my concerns less important, but rather, places them in a different perspective. I am well, my friends and family are well, and there are many things to be thankful for. It can be really easy to do something called ‘catastrophising’ – expecting the absolute worse out of things. I find myself doing a lot of this in the run up to exam results, but I need to remember to stay strong, and realise that things are almost never how I envision them to be.
Stay safe and well everyone- and enjoy the summer ahead! Relax – you deserve it.