Coping With Exam Stress

Coping With Exam Stress

Today, I went on a SERIOUSLY relaxing, mini yoga retreat with Pandita Yoga with my Mum and some of her friends for her birthday. It was so refreshing and fun that I just wanted to blog about it! It was located at the beautifully decked out Henham Barns, near Southwold. The main barn was huge with a separate yoga studio upstairs, in the middle of a huge plot of fields, lake and woodland. We started of the morning with a quiet walk in the bluebell woods, which was sooooo nice. Then we got to choose between two activities each session, I chose; Kettlebells, Yoga (Vinyasa) and more Yoga (Yin). It’s safe so say that I was stretched and pulled in the most awkward of places, and after training as a dancer for five years, it wasn’t so bad! But note, as I’m writing this I’m almost falling asleep, slumped on the sofa with a bacon bagel (kinda defeats the object but I was treating myself OK!).

Anyway, enough of me waffling on. Whilst I was stretching and “omming” away, I realised that in order to actually enjoy yoga you need to have a positive mindset, and I was eager to be relaxed for my exams (which officially start on Monday AHH). And as a result I got the most out of the tutors and the activities as a whole. I really tried to look past the nerves and the awkwardness and focus on feeling good so I could benefit from today. Because my mind has been so focussed on school and revision lately, it feels as though there is tonnes of information and signals flying around my head. I was desperate to take a break from it all, and I believe that I finally have. It has allowed me to go into my exams with a positive mindset, which is what I need.

It’s so easy to get carried away in negative energy, think of it as a negative spiral of decline. One bad thing leads to another and it becomes harder to escape that trap. But if you’re strong minded and begin to develop a positive outlook on things, you will find it easier to cope in these situations. We all feel low at times, but to have the strength to carry on and look beyond things is amazing. It’s so important to force yourself into just getting up and doing something to distract yourself from your negative thoughts, I think yoga is such a lovely way of doing this.

The main purpose of this blog post was so try and get all my readers who have exams coming up soon (or even a big event that you’re nervous for) to try and go into them with a positive mindset. It can help you achieve much better – you’d be surprised. If you go into an exam feeling as though you’re going to fail, knowing you haven’t done enough revision, or just with a general unhappy mood, then you’re likely to reflect that in your exam performance. Therefore, you should try to channel those bad thoughts into excitement. I actually do this and it works; just before I go into an exam I say to myself “I’m so excited for this exam, I’m gonna smash it”. As crazy as it sounds, I feel as though it actually works. Repeat to yourself some positive thoughts, and you’ll feel much more calm and prepared in the exam.

At the end of the day, they are just exams and as long as you know you’ve tried your best then that’s all that matters. This applies with anything in life, if you put effort into something, you will get good things out of it. You just have to practise having a positive mindset.

I hope this helps some of you feel more confident about going into your exams, I thought it might be useful as they start pretty soon! Good luck to all who are sitting them (not that you’ll need it ;)) and STAY POSITIVE.

Tilly x



  1. May 14, 2017 / 10:08 am

    This was so refreshing to read, I definitely need to take your advice! My exams started on Tuesday last week and I have 9 more to go, I’m so looking forward to the end of them and being able to enjoy a long summer:) thank you so much for this post, it helped me a lot xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 14, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Aww that’s so good, I’m really glad it’s helped you. Good luck for the rest of your exams! And I cannot wait for the summer either!😊x

  2. May 14, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    This was such a lovely post as always! I really enjoyed reading it and learning a few tips to prepare me for my exams! Good luck with your exams Tilly!! xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 14, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much! Good luck with yours too, I’m sure you’ll do well xx

  3. May 14, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    So worried for my exams but I found this post really helped! 🙂

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 14, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      Aw that’s good! Sure you’ll be okay, are you doing your GCSEs?x

  4. May 14, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    This was such a lovely post!! Although I’m only doing my Mocks, the stress can still get to me and I think I’m going to need to try out some yoga soon!!
    Good Luck with your exams 😘 xx
    Somachi xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 15, 2017 / 5:32 am

      Ahh you really should try yoga, it’s so stress relieving. Thank you!xx

  5. May 15, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Lovely post Tilly – and I had no idea they did events like that at Henham Park! Going to have to keep an eye on it incase they do any others, that sounds right up my street and isnt too far away from me 🙂 Love a bit of yoga!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 15, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! Yes Henham Park do some fantastic events 🙌🏼x

    • lifeastillyrose
      May 17, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Thank you! It’s great fun, sooo relaxing x

  6. June 17, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I am writing this when you probably have finished your exams (or nearly finished). i also have done my exams this year and i wanted to say to that i wish you all the luck in the world and i hope that on results day all your hard work is shown as you truly do deserve it Tilly. i hope your also doing well physically and mentally as exams can be a stressful time!

    • lifeastillyrose
      June 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Aw thank you so much! That’s so kind of you to say that! My exams have gone so well so far. Just one more to go now but hopefully I’ve done well 🙂

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