It is that time of the year again, where everyone is stocking up on highlighters, flashcards, revision guides, and who knows what else. It is the beginning of the exam period, and with exams also comes exam stress.

More and more people are struggling to manage the exam stress, contributing to rising levels of mental illness, and even suicidal thoughts. Whether this is because of increasing pressure on students, changes to GCSEs, or just because of the burden of everyday life, exam stress is a major problem. So, what can we do about it? Schools need to teach students how to deal with stress, before the students start getting bogged down with stress. Have a hobby that you can focus on, and that you actually enjoy, and then when revising, take regular breaks, stay hydrated and get enough sleep.

One of the most effective ways of dealing with stress is actually exercise. Not only does exercise release endorphins in the brain, affecting our mood, but it can also relieve tension and relax the muscles in your body.

The most important thing to have when dealing with exams is perspective. Remember that these exams do not define who you are and what you will do. Then after an exam, forget about it, no matter what you do, there is no way to change your score, and move on to the next exam and what you have to do to prepare for that.