One of the reasons that exams can be stressful is we cannot totally control the outcome.
There is always a worry that we might be shamed, or not be able to do what we are hoping to do.
The good news is that a little bit of stress can be helpful. However, it is important to recognise this stress and ensure that it is kept in proportion. Most people experience pressure, stress and anxiety when it comes to exams, and people deal with it in very different ways.
You may experience a lack of concentration or difficulty in remembering
You might have problems with sleeping
You could be left feeling irritable and annoyed
You are more likely to catch a cold or feel generally unwell
High levels of stress can lead to anxiety and depression
Feelings of worry and anxiety can increase
How to get help
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