I know, it’s here. It’s FINALLY here. The night before the dreaded results day where anxiety is at its highest and fear seems to linger. Results day is an incredibly big day with hopes of progression onto the next step. It’s an extremely scary time so it’s vital you remember to look after yourself both mentally and physically in the run up to results day. Here are our top 5 tips on how to keep calm the night before your pre-reg results.
Tip 1: Stay Active!
Exercising can help reduce the intensity of stress on your body and mind. Allow yourself an adequate amount of time to clear your mind as this will give you the time and space you need to calmly approach any stressful feeling you may be having. Exercising can also help you feel good about yourself, as well as maintaining your health.
Tip 2: Know what’s triggering your anxiety!
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. It’s a feeling of worry, fear and generally feeling uneasy. Learning what triggers these thoughts and feelings for you will help you deal with your anxiety and begin to feel in control of the situation. You could try small things to regain control such as taking deep breaths, slowly counting to 10 and practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
Tip 3: Don’t bottle it up!
It’s important to know that it’s normal to feel down, anxious or stressed about your results. Speaking to someone can help to bring a sense of relief if you’re able to discuss how you feel and work out a solution to your worries together. Whether that’s parents, siblings or friends, it's important that you don’t feel alone and you have someone you trust to talk to.
Tip 4: Sleep!
It’s important that your body has time to relax and rest. Stress can put additional pressure on your body so make sure you’re getting your 8 hours of sleep tonight.To unwind in bed, try listening to headspace with your earphones on. DOWNLOAD HERE.
Tip 5: Accept the things you cannot change!
You cannot change your situation, but you can change how you choose to deal with it. The feeling of losing control over a situation often causes stress, but the act of taking control gives you a sense of empowerment. You have completed the hard work for your pre-reg exam and you’ve done the best you can do, now it’s important to distract the mind from any negative thoughts as there is nothing you can change right now.
Best of luck to all provisionally registered pharmacists!