Stress is something that unfortunately can affect a large number of young people, whether it’s about exams, friends or even family. Although it can be a subject that people may want to gloss over, I would like to write about my experiences with stress and how I got through it.
Taking my GCSE exams in Year 11 was the first time I was fully affected by stress. It was a tense time in which I was told that these exams were extremely important and that the grades you receive mean absolutely everything.
My family were my rock throughout my exams. They noticed that my skin was becoming affected with mouth boils, ginamours spots and I was obviously isolating myself. I was studying virtually day and night. I would freak out if I didn’t study at least one of the days and got annoyed when I had to do other things unrelated. Though my family kept reminding me that it’s okay to have breaks! I should take care of myself and have fun and realise that although exams are important, you are to come first. They took me out for fun days where I didn’t have to think about exams, though it was still in the back of my mind, it helped a lot.
Surprisingly, the lead up to the exams was more stressful than actually undertaking them. In my head, whenever I got into an exam I wasn’t thinking about how this will solidify my future but more so that it will be one less exam to study for after!
Now looking back, although I was pleased with my results, I remember how stress honestly affected me in a way I did not know possible, my skin! Which is the reason why I wanted to share this. Stress is not always being shouting and being bossy to everyone, sometimes it can be the complete opposite like me with isolation. I think that there should be more support involving stress during exams in education systems as I feel the vast amount of pressure can truly get to students’ heads and affect them. Hopefully in the future, people will be more open about stress and how it affects them in the hope that we can find more stress reliefs and activities to help support them, especially if they don’t get the results they need.