How to Combat Stress


To all first years who have just finished writing their mock exams and are getting back their results, stress is probably part of your everyday struggle at the moment. The Oak has been researching ways to deal with the high pressure and the stress in order to help you combat this problem. We have found 10 very important tips that you may find useful in order to cope with your anxiety.


  1. Be active: Evidence shows that physical activity can help protect people against anxiety and it improves wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater wellbeing. It is also thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood.
    How can you get more active?

The school offers to its pupils many different options
Indoors – swimming, the gym, basketball, badminton, fencing, rock-climbing, spinning classes and yoga
Outdoors – Rounders, hockey, athletics, tennis, cricket and football

  1. Take control: There is always a solution to what is bringing you down. Failed your physics exam? Work harder and prove to your teacher that you are worth more!
    How do you manage your time properly?
  • Work out your goals
  • Make a list
  • Focus on results
  • Have short breaks in between study sessions
  • Prioritise important tasks
  1. Ask for help and support: A good support from colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way. Both asking for help and taking your mind off what is stressing you out can help.

“If you don’t connect with people, you won’t have support to turn to when you need help,” says Professor Cooper.

  1. Have some time to yourself
  2. Challenge yourself: Set yourself goals (E.G. scoring a goal in football or getting a D3 predicted in maths)
  3. Avoid unhealthy habits:
    1. SLEEP!!
    2. Don’t smoke or drink
    3. Try to eat healthy food
  4. Work smarter, not harder:
    Prioritize your work
    Make a list
    Focus on results
    Find your learning method