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Top tips for coping with exam stress

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  The final 24 hours before the exam

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The day before - prepare! You don’t need last minute stress in the morning:

  • Get your bag ready. Take pens, pencils, a calculator, ruler, rubber etc. Take spares!
  • Check if you need to take any additional information e.g. a seat number or candidate number
  • Check where you need to go. Plan to get there at least 30 minutes early. 
  • Stay hydrated and have a nutritious healthy meal.
  • Lay your clothes out for the morning
  • Make sure you get some time to relax.
  • Set an alarm and a back-up alarm.
  • Get an early night so you are refreshed in the morning. 

On the day:

  • Eat a good breakfast. 
  • Double check you have everything before you leave. Don’t forget your water bottle.
  • Arrive early. Include a brisk walk on the way to the exam if you can.
  • Switch off phones and tablets before you go in. 
  • Go to the toilet before going into the exam room
  • And finally – breathe. You’ve got this!

Mental health support in Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Take a look at the Now We’re Talking for Healthy Minds website to find out about support in your area.Mental Health Awareness Week Poster; shows two people talking

The site is also full of handy resources and tips to help you manage your mental health and support others.

This NHS Healthy Minds teams cover Herefordshire and Worcestershire and provide a range of free, confidential support. This includes:

- Online therapy
- Groups and courses
- 1:1 support
- Access to some great resources available in your local area

If you need urgent help, call the local helpline 0808 196 9127

Lift someone out of loneliness

Find out some simple things you can do if you know someone who is lonely.

Take the Mind Plan quiz to get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and trouble sleeping. Plus advice on how to cope with feelings of loneliness.

Links to articles on Loneliness

Reminder to read the room

Learning to live with Covid

Rules and restrictions in England are gone, but the pandemic isn’t over. We’re all learning how to manage our Covid risk.

Not everyone is comfortable with things going back to ‘normal’. So read the room and make sure everyone is happy with the situation.

Here’s how you can help to stay safe and stop the spread:

  • Get vaccinated. It’s the best defence against COVID-19 and other infections such as flu.  
  • Let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
  • Be hygienic: 
    • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or longer
    • cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze
    • clean your surroundings frequently
  • Wear a face covering or a face mask:
    • when you are meeting someone who has a higher risk of becoming seriously unwell 
    • when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be near others in busy and enclosed spaces
    • when there are a lot of respiratory viruses around e.g. in winter, and you will be near other people in busy and enclosed spaces

Want to find out more? Read the government’s guidance on:

Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19

People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test


Keen to keep active and stay fit in 2022?

There’s lots to do across Worcestershire to help your wellbeing.

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Take one for the team! Get vaccinated! Get boosted!

It's not too late to get vaccinated!

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • everyone aged 12 and over, and some children aged 5 to 11, can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • people aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose. 
  • people aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system can get a spring booster.
  • all children aged five to 11

Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Find your nearest walk-in vaccination site on NHS.UK or go to the SW Healthcare website.

COVID-19 vaccination: A guide for children and young people

COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds

Spring Booster information

Not been for your vaccine yet? Here’s what it’s like

Neve from the University of Worcester made this video to show us what it’s like to get a second COVID-19 vaccination in Worcester.

Need more information about the COVID-19 vaccine before you book?

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Long Covid

Young COVID-19 patients share their stories and their experiences of suffering debilitating Long Covid symptoms in this powerful video.

Watch young COVID-19 patients stories