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It's Stress Awareness Month and we're heading into exam season. Whilst we all feel nervous and tense about our exams, too much stress and pressure can leave you feeling anxious, which can affect your sleep, appetite and ability to concentrate on revision etc.

We’ve created this list of top tips on how to stay on top of exams and revision:

1. Think realistically and be realistic with your time - an over ambitious revision timetable is going to stress you out and leave you feeling like a failure.

2. Although it might feel daunting, getting started is always better than doing nothing.

3. Reward yourself regularly and don’t forget to take breaks!

4. Take one step at a time and avoid thinking about the worst case scenario - don’t let your thoughts snowball!

5. Revise and do the best that you can do - that is all that you can do.

6. Check out the web for lots of useful resources - we recommend Young Minds, The Mix and Student Room as places to look for tips and help.

If you're struggling and need some help

1. Sign up to our free online workshops to get tips and ideas to cope with exam stress: www.talkofftherecordonline.org Wednesday 18th April, 5.30pm and Thursday 17th May, 7pm.

2. Come along to one of our weekly drop in Sutton, Merton and Croydon to talk to someone in person:

Sutton - Tuesdays from 3.30-5.30pm at Off The Record Sutton, 172 Croydon Road, Beddington CR0 4PG. There’s no need to book an appointment. If you want to talk to some first, call 020 8680 8899

Merton - Fridays from 3-6pm at Wandle Valley Resource Centre, Church Road, Mitcham CR4 3BE. Call 020 8680 8899 if you want to talk to someone first.

Croydon - Ring Off the Record on 020 8251 0251 or email croydon@talkofftherecord.org to arrange a time to meet with a counsellor (tell us you’re worried about your exams when you call)

There will also be support available at your school. Ask one of your teachers or speak to your school counsellor or school nurse.

If it all gets too much

If any pressures are getting too much and you feel unsafe, talk to an adult who you know and trust or contact your GP for an emergency appointment.

You can call Samaritans on 116 123 or Childline on 0800 1111.

Merton & Sutton - If you need support between 5pm-9am weekdays, you can call 0800 028 8000 to speak to someone at the local NHS Trust Crisis Line. This is also open 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays.

Croydon - If you need support in a crisis you can call the 24 hour crisis number which is 0800 731 2864 to speak to someone at the local Mental Health Trust Crisis Line.

Professionals or other adults can also make a referral to CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), to access regular ongoing support or counselling.

Call us

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Merton & Sutton Service 020 8680 8899

Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am - 5.30pm

Young Carers Service 020 8649 9339

Office Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am - 6.00pm

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