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7 ways your phone can help with anxiety

By FreshSocial 27 Apr 2017

Do you ever find yourself stressed out and anxious during exams and don't know what to do? Well, don't panic...

Your phone can be a very helpful tool to distract your mind, and this doesn't mean scrolling through Snapchat and Instagram - but by doing something productive that will put your mind and anxiety at ease, especially during the exam period...

Here are 7 quick and easy tips that will hopefully help:

  1. Make a note of your anxieties
    Write everything down that is going round and round in your head to stop it doing so! You'll feel better to get it out and you'll stop overthinking everything. And don't worry, to everyone else it'll look like you're texting your mates.
  2. Look through your pictures
    You could make an album of pictures of some amazing memories you've got, or the special people in your life. This will put a smile on your face and can be reused if you're ever in an anxious moment again. Even put your favourite memes in or other photos that make you laugh and distract you.

  3. Text your best mate, or your mum!
    Or whoever you speak to about your anxiety because they'll understand what's going through your head. Just get everything off your chest - it'll release some anxieties and remind you that you're not alone! It'll make you feel a whole lot better speaking to them.
  4. Set upcoming events in your calendar
    In your most anxious times, it's easy to convince yourself there will be no end, but it's a good distraction to remind yourself you've got some fun things happening soon. Just think about all the freedom you'll have after exams to do fun things with your mates...
  5. Play a game
    Take a break from studying and zone out for about 10 minutes playing a game - download a few so that you've got options if this ever happens again. Something like Pokémon Go, Candy Crush or 8 Ball Pool will do the trick! Just don't get too lost in the game, or play for too long.

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  6. Read
    Make sure it's something lighthearted - so an article on something you're interested in or even a mystery novel. Try to stay away from the news as there's enough going on in the world that'll make you more anxious! Ideally, something easy to digest to put your mind at ease and give your head a bit of a reset. 
  7. Breathe!
    This is the most simple but most effective tip. Try not to overthink things- everything will be ok, even if it doesn't seem like it in this moment. Keep this GIF handy - it mirrors a breathing technique to use next time you're feeling super anxious.

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    Stay calm and keep revising. Good luck!

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