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So it’s revision o’clock in my little world at the moment with all those with exams coming up (which unfortunately includes myself) hermitting themselves away to try and learn as much as possible about their subjects. You would have thought after 18 years in education that we would have learnt how to deal with the stress of exams by now, for goodness sake; our education is old enough to drink! But still, term after term we all fall to pieces over the opportunity to show what we have learnt. It’s all a bit silly really. It’s why we are here learning; so we can take the exam and get the qualification and move on to the next thing.
The trouble is, the UK education system is a bit like total wipe out: you have to complete each stage but if you fall off then you have to go waste time getting back to the course and start from the beginning. The slimily continues as, if you ever want to succeed in having a career then you have to out compete everyone else and be the fastest, strongest, smartest there is. The trouble is that there are so many people playing the game that it seems almost impossible that you will reach the finals or even win!
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, especially in the current economic climate (Why do people call it an economic climate? It’s not a climate, it’s more like an economic tornado; you get swept up in it and you don’t have a clue where you will end up!) But be that as it may, the stress of exams that may potentially alter the rest of your life, affects us all. Well nearly all of us, I once lived with a guy who did no revision and instead spent the whole time playing star trek online and got the best grades out of all of us! So freaks of nature aside, stress is an issue.
We all have out coping mechanisms, some more healthy than others. I am currently sitting in my gym leggings, a mens t-shirt and my brand new Kurt Geiger platform heels. They help. They really do! I don’t care if that makes me shallow but wearing heals makes me feel more powerful and therefore reduces my stress levels. I also have a cup of tea, a pilates routine and a revision schedule that would put most battle plans to shame! This is how I cope.
I’m not suggesting that everyone revises with military precision and fabulous footwear, that might stress out some people more! I have friends that work on a 25 min working 5 min break cycle, I have friends that practically move to the library and spend all their time there and I have friends that ignore everything and spend as much time drunk as possible to avoid the nagging guilt that they should be working. The last one isn’t so good for effective revision FYI.
But this is more a shout out to everyone who is stressed from exams or anything else! Take some time to calm down and work out what makes you happy and confident enough to tackle whatever it is. Good luck!