R.E.S.U.L.T.S - Top Tips for Emotional Preparation
July 24th 2019
The lead up to the leaving cert results can be a stressful time, and you may find that your emotions can feel overwhelming. This is perfectly natural, but can be upsetting and exhausting.
Taking care of yourself in simple ways can reduce your emotional vulnerability when faced with a stressful situation like this. Why not try some of our taking care R.E.S.U.L.T.S tips?
In the run up to results day, regular exercise can help you to feel robust and ready on the day! While we all know regular exercise benefits our bodies including our heart, lungs and muscles, it also releases important endorphins, or ‘feel good chemicals’ which act as natural anti-depressants. Aerobic exercise, such as running or swimming, is a great way to stimulate these endorphins.
Why not get together with some friends to exercise over the next couple of weeks? Don’t forget to check out #MyWee5 for creative ideas on how to stay active.
While it may seem like alcohol or drugs could be the perfect distraction from results day stress, in fact, these substances have a powerful effect on our mood and our emotional reactions.
Remember ‘what goes up, must come down’ and over-indulgence could leave you emotionally vulnerable on results day.
Being aware of how the use of substances may affect your mental health, your relationships and your future is important, check out www.drinkaware.ie and www.spunout.ie for more information.
U are more than a number!
With all the hype that surrounds the leaving certificate and your results, you may begin to feel these much anticipated letters and numbers can represent you as a person. Being able to put this in perspective is crucial.
The piece of paper you will hold in your hand is merely an evaluation of your performance in one academic arena, on one day of the year. At best, it is a brief snapshot of one aspect of your life, at one moment in time!
You are so much more interesting, layered and complex than a simple set of exam results. We all have our own unique set of skills, attributes and talents across the wide arenas of life. In time you will discover yours. So, remember and repeat: “I am so much more than a number!”
They say laughter is the best medicine - and for good reason. Laughing releases those all-important endorphins, can boost your energy, buffers against the negative effects of stress, and can even help your heart!
So, laugh loud and often in the next few weeks. Watch a funny movie or video, meet up with mates for some friendly banter, pull out some family games for a fun day at home.
Connecting with those around you and sharing positive vibes will help you to not take yourself or your results too seriously. Once again check out #MyWee5 to see how others around Donegal are staying connected.
Treat yourself kindly
How would you treat a friend or loved one who is stressed, down or struggling? Can you give some of this loving kindness to yourself?
Remembering to be kind to ourselves is key to good mental health and emotional well-being. There are plenty of critics out there, so don’t feed the one inside!
Nourish your inner cheerleader rather than your inner critic. Check out self-compassion.org for ideas and information, and also #MyWee5 for ways to give back to those around you.
Getting the right amount of sleep for your body is a key ingredient when it comes to managing our emotions and stress levels. Just think of how awful everything feels after a bad night’s sleep? Check out Sleep and mental health on JigsawOnline.ie.
Making a conscious effort to put aside enough time for sleep in the run up to results day is essential. Everyone is different, so try to find your ideal sleep cycle.
The night before, plan something nice like a bath, a treat, a relaxation exercise, or even new sheets on your bed! All of these little things can help towards getting a restful sleep and feeling ready for the day ahead.