Accept that you’ll worry a little, then focus on the positives
Worrying is a part of being human. It only becomes a concern when our anxiety gets the better of us and our silly minds blow things way out of proportion.
I like to think about the worst possible thing that could happen just to get it out of my system. My mind then starts to think about ways to solve this scenario. I then quash these thoughts into little teeny tiny balls, then click, drag to TRASH and don’t worry about it because that’s a problem for future you and your priority is worrying about present you!
I also like to focus on the positives in my life like upcoming travels, birthdays, CHRISTMAS, friends, family and my partner. These are all things that make me really happy. Enlarging these thoughts in my mind makes me realise it’s not the end of the world, I have lots of things to look forward too and I can’t do anything else but try my best.
Keep yourself busy
Distract that silly overthinking brain of yours by keeping yourself busy! Join a challenge at the gym, visit your grandparents, take up yoga, de-clutter your room or even improve your cooking skills.
If you’re like me by the end of semester your life outside of university is a hot mess. I’ve been telling myself I don’t have time to cook my lunch, my draws are overflowing with clothes I’ve been meaning to donate for the last 12 months and I need to go and visit my relatives. Yep, it is safe to say for the last 13 weeks I have not achieved any of those things.
Being productive is a great way to distract yourself from worrying. Exercising and yoga releases happy endorphins that actually improve your mood, calm your mind and reduce stress…who knew?
Sort out your room and do a big clean-out before summer! You’ll feel so much better and organised as well as getting a little kick from donating things you don’t need to The Salvos.
Be a social butterfly
Now your exams are over you can stop blowing off your friends and allow them to distract you. Socialising is a great way to distract your brain from wandering off and stop worrying. Useless chatting and laughs over lunch makes the days go quicker and allows you to forget about those pointless worries.
If your friends are also uni students then chances are they’re worrying about the same things as you. Realising you’re not alone and talking to someone who’s going through the same thing is also a great way to minimise and get over your concerns.
Take a deep breath and try to relax, you’ve done the hard yards
Most likely your brain is an over exaggerator and when you get those results, you’ll realise that worrying was pointless and you smashed it! Just like every other semester.
But even if you didn’t ‘smash it’, you can take pride in knowing that you finished it. If you do fail a course, it’s not the end of the world.
Now you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved break!
If you ever need help during semester with your studies or need support, UON has a variety of support systems to assist you available at UON support.