Mental Health and Exam Season

I’m currently busy preparing for January exams which, in my opinion should be a crime considering they’re so soon after Christmas. I mean we barely get any time for ourselves during the break but such is life. In light of this, I’ve decided to create a post on exam stress and how it can affect our mental health.

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The most drastic change I’ve noticed would be my diet. Meal-prepping simply takes too much time so I often skip a meal during exams to cram in more time for revision— not the healthiest of ideas I know. Your diet can have an impact on your state of mind, not only can being hungry make you feel miserable but a poor diet can increase the risk of mental health issues by a staggering 80%. My advice? Try and maintain a healthy diet and if you slip into bad habits, be sure to put this right after the exam window.


 According to the NHS, exercise impacts our mental health by altering chemicals in the brain which lead to positive thoughts. Although I definitely try to maintain a strict gym routine during exams I skip sessions in order to prioritise work. Instead, perhaps take a daily walk or jog to stimulate your body. After all, exercise is a great opportunity to take your mind off work for a while.


 Yes, I said it. Revising is to put it bluntly, boring. If you disagree, then well lucky you. Personally, I don’t find it entertaining in any shape or form although some topics I find more interesting than others. Once exams are over hopefully that boredom will just disappear but there is a risk that it can develop into a variation of depression. I wouldn’t worry too much though, after-all its pretty normal to feel bored during exams.

Social interaction

 Funnily enough, as someone who suffers with social anxiety I often view the exam season as an excuse to become a recluse. After a while though, it can lead to extreme boredom and even loneliness so it’s important to take a step back from work to spend time with your friends or family. The human brain needs social interaction it’s a big factor in our happiness and our relationship with others often determines how we perceive ourselves. Yes, avoid distraction but allow time for socialising too.

Want to tackle exam stress? Check out this guide steered at helping teenagers manage stress during exam period!

If your reading this and preparing for your own exams let me know in the comment section below or maybe you’ve got a work project coming up which is consuming all your time— I’d love to hear about it.



Young faces ponder

At the fright of the picture

An outward look of danger

As we seek to wander

The words are like scripture

Spoken from the boy in the manger

What stands before us is no man of god

He tells us to worry like never before

Our hearts start to pound as we freeze on the spot

Nothing to do but listen and nod

He tells us again, we must not ignore

No man in the manger can save this sweet cot

We learn to accept him as our closest friend

He’s selfish like that, lets not pretend

He’ll keep you awake with the familiar sound

An abundance of energy that’s what you’ll spend

So save up your pennies we’re near to the end

Like weight on your shoulders he’ll put on a pound

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A house full of guests… no biggy right? Well, for me when my mum has her friends over I feel trapped. Today is exactly the same. The same feeling leaves me overwhelmed and I cower away in my room to avoid any social interaction and the possibility of being embarrassed.

I know, it seems ridiculous right? I don’t want to come across as rude but I just can’t help it. I feel awkward after-all I don’t these people very well and small-talk is incredibly awkward. Overthinking combined with the fear of seeming anxious makes me a prisoner in my own room. I can’t leave, it’s as if the door is a barrier to the danger. In my mind, I know there is no real danger but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling.

My mum simply doesn’t understand that when she shouts ‘COME DOWN FOR SOME CAKE AND SAY HELLO’ at the top of her voice it only makes it worse. You see, the problem I face now is that it seems forced. I feel awkward and I don’t want to come down especially after being prompted to.

I’m not really used to having to make small-talk with people I don’t know as at uni we’re all pretty close so that’s fine. I just don’t understand it’s as if my body goes into meltdown when people I’m not close with come over. I get that it can seem rude but I’m not going to apologise, why should I? After-all they haven’t come over to see me and if I’m being honest I doubt it makes any difference to them if they see me or not. Unless of course they asked to see me (which I very much doubt).

It’s a difficult situation, I think deep down I know I should probably show my face but on the other hand, is it worth feeling anxious over? What’s wrong with staying in my room whilst I let them get on with catching up? It would be helpful to hear some responses so please let me know what you think about the issue…



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