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My mocks are stressing me

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I’m 15 years old in 3rd year and Panic attacks and anxiety have happend so much this year, And it’s been really stressful with mocks and the stress of the jc. I don’t really know what to do anymore because there really scary and kind of taking up a lot in my life now.


Hi there, 

Welcome to Ask Alex, Thank you for reaching out to us. We know it’s not easy at times to reach out for help and support. Well done for doing so, you are being brave in seeking help for yourself.  

You have told us you have been very stressed due to your mock exams and have been experiencing panic attacks and anxiety.  Exams in general can be stressful in themselves. A lot of young people will be feeling the same way as you do, so please know you are not alone.  

It is understandable that you may be feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and experiencing panic attacks. School can be a difficult time, especially around exam times. When our stress levels get out of control we can experience higher levels of anxiety.  Were panic attacks and anxiety issues for you prior to your exams? Have you been getting help and support for your anxiety?  

Although studying for the exams is important, it’s also just as important for you to take time out for yourself and do something you enjoy. That helps us to rebalance our stress levels. Maybe going for a walk outside, spending some time with your friends, listening to relaxing music or watching your favourite programme could help you 

Sleep health is also important to help you feel ready to take on those challenges. If we haven’t slept well it can be harder to cope with stressful situations during the day. Try to get a good bedtime routine going. Maybe taking a shower or bath before bed and reducing your screen time before turning in will all help your body and brain relax. Bedtime yoga can also help.  

Here is some advice around exam stress I am stressed over my exam – Childline. You mention experiencing anxiety and panic attacks throughout the year, which seem to have become more intense due to the exams. Here are some links for you to have a look through that may help with your feelings of anxiety The Mental, Physical And Emotional Signs Of Anxiety ( Anxiety – Childline. ISPCC have an online mental health programme to help with anxiety for young people aged 14-18 years old. You can ask your parent/carer to refer you through our support line on 01 522 4300 Monday to Friday 9am-1pm or via email at [email protected] 

It might be helpful to share your feelings with a trusted adult, maybe a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, guidance counsellor or a teacher, so you don’t feel alone. If you don’t feel ready yo chat with someone you know, you can always reach out to talk to us at Childline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 66 66 66 or chat to us through Live Chat at (just click the Live Chat tab). Our services are free and confidential. 

We hope you found our answer helpful. Thank you for reaching out to Ask Alex. Please continue to reach out for the help and support you deserve. 

Take care of yourself, 


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