Advice on exam stress

Published: 2 May 2012 13:30

EXAM SEASON is well underway with students in schools, colleges and universities busy preparing for what can be a stressful and anxious period.

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EXAM SEASON is well underway with students in schools, colleges and universities busy preparing for what can be a stressful and anxious period.

But tTips for stress management can be found through the new NHS inform Mental Health and Wellbeing zone, which also has links to other websites and resources providing practical advice for dealing with stress.

Tony McLaren, Breathing Space national coordinator, said: "This time of year can be challenging not only for students who are studying for their exams but also for families and others trying to offer support.

"Stress can help us cope in difficult situations and in small amounts can be a good motivator but problems arise when pressures build up and start to affect mental wellbeing.

"Signs of stress can include irritability, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, headaches, dizziness and poor concentration.

Long-term stress and anxiety is more difficult to resolve yourself, so identifying factors which are contributing to stress early on is important. Sometimes taking breathers more often or perhaps trying some relaxation techniques can help you to deal with stress more effectively."

For more advice visit: www.nhsinform.co.uk/mentalhealth

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