Staying happy and healthy throughout Year 11

We want to help all students reach their potential and this includes helping you to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.  Revising, taking exams and getting your results can be a stressful time.

Here are some tips about looking after yourself during and helping you manage the anxiety you may be feeling:

  • Get the balance right. You will feel less stressed if you prepare for your exams by revising but don’t overdo it. Give yourself time off.
  • Break up your day of revision with exercise. Even a short walk will clear your head.
  • Food and drink. Don’t go into a morning exam without breakfast. Try to follow a healthy diet with some fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough sleep. Keep a regular sleep-pattern and avoid all night revision sessions.
  • Limit screen time. Try to restrict checking devices all the time. Constantly checking Snapchat or Instagram can be stressful if the only topic is exams. And avoid screens before bedtime.
  • Calming nerves. Mindfulness, meditation or yoga may help you to calm your nerves. You can download apps for all of them, to see what works best for you.
  • Be organised. Get everything ready the night before your exam. Set an alarm so you give yourself plenty of time to get to your exam hall on time!
  • Don’t rush. When you open the exam paper, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself, so you read the instructions and questions carefully.
  • Don’t give up. If you come out of an exam thinking it’s gone badly, try not to dwell on it (and don’t go into any chat rooms). Focus on the next one.
  • Ask for help. If you think you need more support with managing your mental wellbeing please visit Happiness at HEART to see how we can help. https://www.trinity.worcs.sch.uk/pastoral/happiness-at-heart/
  • Work hard, play hard. Although year 11 is a year where commitment, hard-work and dedication is required, you will also reap the rewards. You can look forward to the end of Year 11 celebrations, including your prom!

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