A Guide To Beating Exam Stress

So exams are right around the corner, and what better timing to write a post about dealing with stress, right? In fact, I’m not going to tell you how I deal with stress – because I don’t. If you know me in person, you will also know that I am probably the most stressed out person you’ll ever meet.
For example, if I’m not stressed, I will stress about not being stressed.

When exam period comes along this causes all kinds of problems for me, and I try my best to reduce my stress levels as best as possible. So here’s a few things that I use to try and chill myself out, and hopefully it can help some of you survive exam season with a clear head on your shoulders – and essentially beat exam stress!


One thing that never fails to chill me out is a long soak in a bubble bath. Even when I’m stressing out over revision, or pre-exam prep, I can remind myself that I get a rewarding dip for all of my troubles. The first product worth mentioning is something that you can literally pick up for pence as it’s constantly stocked in 99p/£1 stores, and supermarkets usually have it on special offer. The Radox Stress Relief Bath Soak has been aiding my aching mind for years now, and I think it really does work. It contains Rosemary to relax you and Eucalyptus to clear your mind, which is paramount when exams roll in. 


After hearing about this brand a lot over the past few months, I had to give it go. Even at the best of times my insomnia is pretty awful, my mind just doesn’t like shutting off and I’m always unconsciously finding new ways to stimulate my brain at bedtime.

The Pillow Spray smells like lavender, and this has a massive thumbs up from me. Ever since I was a young child, my aunt would relax me with lavender oils, baths, creams, everything! So I think I may have been programmed to chill whenever I come near the stuff.

The roll-on has more of an uplifting scent, and I’ve been keeping it at my desk, on hand for those random surges of panic. You give it a rub on your wrists, a tissue, or your sleeve perhaps – and sniff when required. I don’t know if it’s acting as a placebo, but I have definitely found it soothing to the mind.


The name says it all, if it’s lavender – I’m in. I find that bath salts add a more soothing effect to a bath, I’m not quite sure why. I use salts that are infused with a calming lavender blend that is sure to sort me out, and they most certainly have helped me through a few troublesome evenings.


This is definitely a more balancing bath product – and is more uplifting than calming. It doesn’t produce any bubbles, or change the colour to the water, so if you like a more basic product this would be great for you. I enjoy using this when I need a burst of optimism or to spark innovative thoughts. It is tad bit on the pricey side, but all the fragrances used come from essential oils and a little goes a long way thanks to the concentrated formula.


Now I know by this point you’re going to be all like “Hol, you’re taking this bath thing a bit far now…” but trust me, this is the best bubble bath product out of my whole collection. Because it’s formulated for babies and children, it’s extra gentle on the skin – so if you suffer from irritation after perfumed baths, this one is for you! It’s also great if you have baths quite frequently and don’t want to add  heavily perfumed products into them. The scent of this definitely gets me all sleepy, and it’s my favourite product to use when I need help shutting my brain off after a long day of solving tedious equations. 

CAT EYE MASK (£1.50/each)

I always find myself getting extra light-sensitive if I’m stressed out. This means that even if there’s the smallest amount of light in my bedroom when I’m trying to sleep, I will most certainly be up for most of the night. The use of an eye mask entourages me to settle down and my mind doesn’t get distracted as easily. If you find it tough to sleep with one of these on, why not try to use it with a little afternoon meditation to loosen up a bit.


Because I suffer from a joint disability, slumping over a desk or laptop can make my life a living hell – and I’m constantly in pain. I’ve found yoga to ease this pain quite a bit, and I enjoy doing it! The combination of poses, stretching, and controlled breathing really chills me out and makes me feel more grounded.

I hope this was of some help to those out there who are feeling my pain due to the sudden onset of January exams. Wishing you all the best of luck, you’ll smash it!



  1. Jemima Elliott
    January 12, 2016 / 6:19 PM

    I do pilates every week and I find that that helps me relax a lot! It's so calming and I can just de-stress really easily!Jemima xanotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 6:40 AM

      I would love to give pilates a try, but it does wonders for the mind and body! x

  2. Beth May
    January 12, 2016 / 6:36 PM

    Such great ideas. Very helpful! Baths are so relaxing xxbethmay75.blogspot.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 6:40 AM

      Thanks for reading, Beth! xo

  3. Aimee Kelly
    January 12, 2016 / 8:43 PM

    I love radox and Johnsons baby bath they both smell lovely and there's nothing more relaxing than a hot bubbly bath! I'd love it if you'd check out my blog – I'm quite new at this so any tips, advice or comments would be great. Aimee X aimeeandlucas.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 6:41 AM

      Tell me about it, they're my favourite! xo

  4. Isabelle Kate
    January 12, 2016 / 11:22 PM

    I love love LOVE the this works pillow spray, I find that if I'm feeling ill or stressed, the lavender scent helps so much. I don't know if its a placebo effect, but it really does seem to work at calming me down and clearing my head!Isabelle | http://www.isabellekategm.co.uk

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 6:42 AM

      It's the best thing, I don't know why I didn't buy it sooner xo

  5. Katherine Anne Cutar
    January 13, 2016 / 12:36 AM

    I thought it's a cat eye mask! Never thought it's a tiger haha. I love it! <3x, Kat of Nested ThoughtsFollow me! // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Snapchat: katherineannika

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 6:41 AM

      It's definitely a cat, woops! I fixed it now, thanks for letting me know! xo

  6. Liyana M. Hidhir
    January 13, 2016 / 3:55 PM

    I've been eyeing that pillow spray, I never thought that those things actually work! I've been starting yoga to relieve day-to-day stress and it's been so wonderful, getting up everyday is a joy :-)Liyana | Rouge & Ruche

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 9:01 PM

      It helps me anyway! It's such a powerful tool, right? xo

  7. Hannah Venables
    January 13, 2016 / 4:08 PM

    i haven't taken an exam for such a long time now, but i definitely remember a relaxing bath did me lots of good! great postHannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 9:02 PM

      Lucky you! Baths are just splendid xo

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    January 13, 2016 / 5:01 PM


    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 13, 2016 / 9:02 PM

      Thank you! x

  9. Bea Castro
    January 14, 2016 / 3:27 AM

    Ive never thought of picking up a Johnsons Baby Bath product but you sold it to me! Plus, Its so inexpensive <3 Passion Blog | BCfactor.blogspot.com

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 14, 2016 / 8:27 AM

      It's so cheap, but so good! Thanks for reading xo

  10. Happyjac
    January 14, 2016 / 7:55 AM

    I have no exam stress but brilliant advice and suggestions, especially after a super busy week at work. Love your blog Holly, even if I am an 'oldie'.

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 14, 2016 / 8:30 AM

      Thank you so much! Definitely, when I was working almost fulltime in the summer these saved me! <3

  11. Hope Idiaghe
    January 17, 2016 / 4:03 PM

    This post is going to come really handy for when my exams start lol I am such a stresshead ahah, really good post!!!Hope xo // Blog 'bout Beauty

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      January 18, 2016 / 6:32 AM

      I hope it helps you, lovely! Good luck! xo

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