For many of our younger members, exam season is rapidly approaching and, in many cases, has already started. There’s no denying that this time can be a notoriously stressful period for this reason. Here at Colets however, we recognise the importance of taking some time out to look after your mental and physical health. We spoke to Caroline, our Fitness and Wellbeing Manager, about the steps one can take to wind down from the stress of revision and exams. As a mother of two daughters currently going through their GCSE’s and A-Levels, she has some great advice for students and parents to help thrive during the exam period.
“You’ve got to get up and start moving”.
Removing your head from the books and spending some time exercising is key for healthy revision. This can be exercise of any form, whether it’s simply going for a walk, a run or a cycle, all have proven benefits; it gets the blood flowing faster around the body, even the brain. A change of setting can be vital in temporarily diverting one’s attention from those revision notes.
“Switch your phones off, get away from social media and all the stress of what your friends are feeling”.
Exercise is a chance to withdraw oneself from the subconscious pressures of social media. When exams are looming it’s important not to piggyback on the stress of how your friends are feeling. It’s all too tempting to discuss how much revision your peers have done. Comparing oneself with others can be a recipe for feeling inferior and therefore stressed.
“Scheduling is very important”.
Managing a revision timetable sensibly will help in feeling both organized/on top of your revision and committed in taking an active break. Everyone is different, and at Colets there’s a great variety of classes and activities to book onto and incorporate into your revision schedule. Perhaps a yoga class may be better suited to wind down, and connect the mind and body, or a high intensity functional training class for a more intense workout? There’s plenty going on, so make sure you check out our extensive timetable aimed for our 14-17-year-old members. Classes are bookable a week in advance.