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Anxious about your exams? Here are some tips to handle stress 14/05/2018

This week, 14-18 May 2018, is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme is stress.

Stress can affect you both mentally and physically, as this quick guide from mental health charity Mind explains.

So, what can you do to help yourself or get the support you need?

As a starter for ten, try the stress test from the Mental Health Foundation.

Your result isn’t the be-all and end-all, but if your number is high then it’s worth thinking about what you can do to bring it down.

Tackling revision stress

If you’re busy revising for the CILEx June exams, there’s a chance you are likely to be feeling anxious or stressed.

Remember that CILEx Law School offers students plenty of different support options. Our expert academic team and friendly customer service team are there to help, so do get in touch by phone or email.

You’ve also got access to the Student Area forums, where you can ask questions and look through previous postings to see if anyone else had the same problem.

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Top ten tips

Whether you’re revising for exams or not, a good place to start is to look at LawCare’s top ten tips for good mental health and well-being.

LawCare is a charity set up to help anyone in the legal profession – so anyone from students to senior partners – around good mental health and well-being.

It has created a series of simple tips about things you can do to reduce your stress levels and improve your mental (and physical) health and well-being. These include:

  • Take a break: we’re not talking a holiday here; even just getting a few minutes’ fresh air at lunchtime instead of being glued to your screen all day can really make a difference
  • Keep active: you don’t have to leap into running marathons. Start slowly. Park at the other end of the car park rather than by the front door; take the stairs instead of the lift; get off the bus one stop earlier
  • Eat well: it’s easy if you’re feeling tired or stressed to reach for the sweets or crisps, but a healthy diet really does help
  • Share how you feel and ask for help: the old saying that a problem shared is a problem halved is definitely true. Don’t bottle things up or try to do everything yourself, but talk things over with friends and colleagues and ask for help if you’re overwhelmed

Help outside office hours

If you’d like to talk things over then LawCare has people there 365 days a year who can help. Their free helpline is open from 9am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Call 0800 279 6888.

Whatever you’re going through, you can also call Samaritans’ free 24-hour helpline from any phone by ringing 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org