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Relaxing after
your exams

Freedom! You’ve finally made it. No more revision! No more flashcards, highlighters or post-it notes! No more time spent in the library or at a desk! And BREATHE. Let the pressure lift from your shoulders. For the next few weeks, you can relax, and put everything out of your mind.

These long summers in between exams and results shouldn’t be a nerve-wracking time, they should be seen as periods of opportunity! You have a long holiday stretching out ahead of you, so we’ve made a list of things which will help you unwind and relax so you can enjoy yourself as much as possible.

CELEBRATE

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Even if you have just walked out of an exam that you feel went badly, it doesn’t matter anymore! The most important thing right now is that you’ve finished! Exams season is a long slog, so you should be proud of yourself for completing it, that’s something worth celebrating at least! How you choose to celebrate this success is entirely up to you: go for a meal out, spend time with friends, go to the park… Do something that you’ll enjoy!


CLEAR YOUR HEADSPACE

Clear your headspace by clearing your desk space! Nothing says ‘de-stress’ like getting rid of all those notes, textbooks and mind maps! Make sure you don’t chuck/destroy/shred anything, but file away your books and papers to help clear your head and help you to wind down. As they say- ‘Out of sight, out of mind’.

Whether it’s going shopping, playing video games, having a spa day or just watching Netflix sprawled across the sofa, it’s vitally important that you take some time for yourself to unwind. Do some exercise, bake something, read a book or start a new hobby. Let your brain chill out for a few days. After all, it’s been working hard and will need a break.

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SLEEP

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Sleep is a process of unwinding both your mind and body, something which it will really need after the intense exam period. Post-exams, you can sleep in and take naps without feeling guilty. Your body may feel fatigued, and your brain may feel like sawdust, which isn’t a surprise! There is a huge hype surrounding exams, in schools they are often presented as the pinnacle of life itself- as the ultimate crux of everything you’ve been working to… As a consequence, exams are mentally and physically draining. Sleeping properly is a great way to relax and recover, and your body NEEDS it.


SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE

Suddenly you’ll have a lot of free time on your hands, so restore some normality to your social life. Spend time with your family or catching up with friends. You’re no longer running to a revision schedule so there won’t be an underlying feeling of guilt if you chat for too long or if you decide to do something spontaneous.

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TREAT YOURSELF

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Whether it’s going shopping, playing video games, having a spa day or just watching Netflix sprawled across the sofa, it’s vitally important that you take some time for yourself to unwind. Do some exercise, bake something, read a book or start a new hobby. Let your brain chill out for a few days. After all, it’s been working hard and will need a break.