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The University of Westminster talks about Mental Health and Exam Season

In a study done by ChildLine, it was found that 68% of students are anxious about their grades and exams and the effect it has on their future.

The study also said that 65% of children who had to do referrals were suicide related – this only emphasises the stress students face to get the best grades in their class, not taking into consideration their mental health.

Petsa Kaffens, a lecturer and personal tutor at the University, says that “People take on too much. They have lots of hopes and dreams and raise them too high to get work done in time. At least that’s my opinion”

For the first time, in a ChildLine study school and education problems appeared in the top ten concerns with a 200 per cent increase in counselling about exam stress. Counselling services can be found at the University of Westminster, either with personal tutors or the mental health team.

Some students like Lucy Tonge, had this to say about the de-stress week at Westminster and why it shouldn’t only be once a year.

The University of Westminster prides itself in helping the mental health and well-being of students. You can email the University for help at counselling@westminster.ac.uk, or call them at +44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 68229 if you need professional help.

 

 

What to eat in between revising for Exams

With over 3 million students around the UK giving exams during the May-June exam period, it is no surprise that the highest cause of concern is exam stress and anxiety.

In an Exam Survey Study conducted by ChildLine, 96% of the 1300 who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision. 63% of all students felt anxious about not getting a good job, or getting into a university due to doing badly in their exams.

One of the biggest factors is unhealthy eating and junk food that could decrease productivity in students. By eating well, even if its just an extra glass of water every day, can help your productivity.

Dr Mark Gardner, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, together with Dr Caroline Edmonds at the University of East London carried out a series of attention and memory tests on young adults before drinking water, after consuming 25ml and then 300ml. The results were that both groups were satisfied at 300ml with also reporting an increase in ‘good mood’ by almost 20 per cent after drinking the same amount.

Some foods to help with Exam stress and how to use your brain to full capacity are:

  • Bananas: They are known to boost serotonin in the brain, which helps elevate and stabilize mood. They also have a lot of potassium which leads to a stable blood pressure.
  • Fish: Known as ‘brain-foods’ are high in omega 3s and protein that keeps your brain working all day long. The best type of fish are oily such as mackerel, salmon and sardines. But, if you’re on a budget, Herring and trout work just as well.
  • Milk: A natural stabilizer of nervous system due to the amount of calcium in it. When a person is stressed, higher amounts of calcium is discharged through the body. Fix that intake with a glass of cold milk.
  • Citrus Fruits: Any type of fresh fruit is good for the brain. Citrus foods in particular are full of vitamin C. They’re a good source of folic acid which enables physical growth as well.
  • Water: Water helps with digestion, as well as hydration. When stressed, people forget to drink water which can lead to body aches and fatigue.
  • Spinach: Iron in spinach helps in developing a strong immunity and helps in developing social and aids in the formation of haemoglobin and essential enzymes.
  • Green Tea: A good source of caffeine, that isn’t energy drinks. Not only will the green tea clean your system from all the foods and binge-drinking you’re doing to cope with exam stress, they are filled with antioxidants and helps boost concentration.

6 tips that will definitely not help with exams

With Exam season coming, here are some tips that will definitely help with your revision.

 

  1. Get drunk. Every day, every night, getting drunk is a fantastic way to procrastinate and spend an unnecessary amount of money.  giphy3
  2. Start a new series. Netflix was made for the exam season, why not try Archer or Orange is The New Black?  With hundreds of hours already on Netflix you can be sure that you won’t even think about starting revision.    giphy2
  3. Create a Pinterest, want to start planning the home you want to buy, or the holiday you won’t be able to afford because you spent too much time browsing the web than studying? Pinterest is the place to go. giphy5
  4. Find out what kitchen appliance you would be. Buzzfeed offer a number of pointless yet entertaining quizzes that are a  sure fire way to de-stress you and waste hours on finding yourself rather than revising.                                                                                  giphy4
  5. Tidy the house. It’s a great way to feel productive whilst still not doing the thing you’re supposed to be doing. While you’re at it why don’t you re-arrange your room? After all, a clean space = a clean mind.  giphy6
  6. When you’re really stuck for things to do you have to go to the last resort, phoning your parents. It may not be the most exciting thing and you’ll definitely get moaned at for something, maybe like, not doing your revision? giphy7