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Exam Stress Tips by Laura Little at CABA

Exams and tests are a constant part of life for many young students and working professionals (such as medics, accountants, or those studying for chartered qualifications), however that never makes them any easier. Many people incorrectly feel that their future can be dictated by the results of the exams they take. This can result in huge pressure as they prepare for their exams – but this isn’t where it ends. Family members can also feel the strain of exams season if they’re worrying about relatives.

So how do we best prepare ourselves, or alternatively our loved ones, for the rollercoaster of exams and the countdown to results? At CABA, we often deal with worried students and their relatives who are looking for a way to combat the pressure of exams and ease the strain felt on both the person taking exams and their worried relatives. As a result, we’ve developed our top tips for combating stress as a family unit to keep everyone cool, calm and collected.


When it’s time for exams, or when people are eagerly waiting for their results, tensions and anxiety can be high. This can sometimes result in someone acting out towards others during the exam period. If this is the case, it may be best for those taking exams to seek out some alone time – and for their family members to give them some space so they have time to breathe and decompress after their exams.

To take this to the next level, why not take up yoga? The breathing involved is an excellent way to soothe both the body and mind, and the stretching can ease tired joints and generate endorphins which can help to generate more positive moods. Furthermore, regularly practicing yoga and meditation has been linked to increased memory and focus, which makes it an excellent way to combat stress whilst also potentially improving the revision process. Finally, the practice promotes solitude and quiet time – which may be exactly what a student needs when they’re going through exams.


Exam time can be extremely taxing, and often those studying will forget to take time out to reward themselves for all their hard work. Remember, rewards don’t have to wait until after exams! If you or a family member have been working particularly hard in an effort to do fantastically on a test, it may be time to recognise all of that hard work. By starting a rewards fund – which you can generate by adding a small sum of money each time a revision target is hit – you can create a system which facilitates the purchase of ‘small pleasures’ to keep motivation going and morale high.

Although this coping mechanism shouldn’t be over-utilised, it’s still an important one to pursue. Taking proper breaks can help to prevent burn out and stress, which will help reduce stress levels and help revision efforts in the long run. Even an act as simple as getting away for a day can help to soothe worried minds and generate some positivity and ‘feel good’ chemicals – combining relaxation and quality time with loved ones.


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