Today is results day. Screams fill the towns and cities, lightning strikes pursue the skies and every teenager in the country is filled with anxiety and anguish over their impending doom. Where are the lies? I can honestly, hands down, think of at least fifty plus things I would rather do than head down to school this morning and face my fate. By the time you have read this, I could have already opened that envelope and found out the results to those GCSE exams I sat a lifetime ago. I can't believe the time that has passed since I wrote that first blog post talking about the end of my exams and the blissful beginning of summer and now here we are. Yet, here are the facts. Those results were determined when I put down my pen and walked out of that examination hall long ago. Nothing I say, nor do from now on is going to change that. I just have to hope that my best was enough. For all of you lovelies who are about to also face the terror today, I thought I'd give you ten points on how you can cope with it and hopefully, no matter what happens, by the end of the day, you will still be you just minus the stress and anxiety! Also, even if you aren't getting your exam results today maybe these tips can help you in other anxiety filled aspects of your life. So, without further or do, let's get started!
1. Simply Relax
Easier said than done I know, but seriously, rest your mind. Remember you have been in much more panicked situations than this before, you sat these exams remember? If you can do that, you can sure as heck do this! There is no point getting worked up over a little piece of paper, it won't change anything!
2. You're Not Alone!
Guess who else is going to be reacting to their fate today? Every other GCSE student in the UK! You are one of many of your kind and you can use this to your advantage. Search hashtags like #ResultsDay or #GCSEResults on Twitter or Tumblr. You will be surprised by how many other kids are also have emotional breakdowns at this present moment and you can have a good laugh at some of the jokes and memes. Also, although our High School Musical days are long gone, it will calm your nerves knowing that we are all in this together!
3. It Will All Be Over Soon.
If we break it down and just think about this situation. It's actually pretty lame. All we are doing is going in to fetch a piece of paper that has a few statistics and letters on it. What are we all getting freaked out over? Just go in and do it. It will all be over in a matter of minutes, have a good old sob then laugh at yourself and deal with what is in front of you. Do not freak out in front of people who haven't opened their results yet, try and hold it together. They are just as nervous as you and probably could do without it.
4. Options, Opportunities and a Whole Lot More.
So I know you have this whole plan in your head on how things are going to work out. Me too. The truth is though, when we find out our results it might not work out for us. That's okay though. Do not panic. You can still resit some exams and there are a stack full of other options and opportunities you can explore. Maybe it's what is best for you and don't be discouraged if you don't get what you had hoped for. We all have our limits and at least you can still say you tried your best right? I have had to resit exams in the past and it isn't a sign of failure! Your exam results will help guide you to do what is best suited for you and there will be teachers there to offer you support and guidance. They know and they understand. So don't be afraid to speak up and ask for some help!
5. Focus on the Positive.
Before and after just try to adjust the situation to a more positive one. You are only getting an envelope. You don't actually have to do anything other than that. It's not the same as going into an exam, it's actually a much more relaxed environment if you think about it! When you get your results look at the positives. So hey, maybe you didn't do as well in chemistry as you would have liked but I mean would you look at that geography score! You can deal with the negatives tomorrow but you have had enough stress for today so just celebrate and relax for now!
I hope those tips helped, I'm just going to have to now learn to follow my own advice! Just remember that at the end of the day, your results do not define you as a person or predict your future. I wish everyone getting their results get what they deserve and what they worked hard for.
The best of luck!