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depression, a-levels

i'm feeling really overwhelmed with a-levels right now; i'm struggling a lot with perfectionism and maybe slightly OCD tendencies. no matter how much work i'm doing i never feel like im doing enough and never doing it right. i think on some level i recognise i do have good grades but i just dont feel like im able to keep pushing myself like this. ive been struggling with low mood for the past few years now, and i really need a break more than anything else. can anyone offer any advice on how to stay hopeful / what i can do to overcome this? thanks
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Hey, so sorry you feel this way!
I’m a mature student now and can honestly say you need a break. Go see the go ask for some help with your mental health! Nothing is more important than your health. Take a deep breath and look at options of help and look online! Make sure your sleep hygiene is good cause that can affect mental health and try taking a day for mindfulness go for a walk, see friends, all the things that make you happy! But a levels are difficult alone but when suffering with mental health if increases. You’re not alone and can get the help needed to finish those goals! Don’t be hard on yourself! Good luck 💜
Original post by Anonymous
i'm feeling really overwhelmed with a-levels right now; i'm struggling a lot with perfectionism and maybe slightly OCD tendencies. no matter how much work i'm doing i never feel like im doing enough and never doing it right. i think on some level i recognise i do have good grades but i just dont feel like im able to keep pushing myself like this. ive been struggling with low mood for the past few years now, and i really need a break more than anything else. can anyone offer any advice on how to stay hopeful / what i can do to overcome this? thanks

The number 1 thing that helps people with stress and anxiety is Sleep, good sleep, and often that can be interrupted. One might think I was a weighted blanket salseman for all my recommendations of them, but from personal experience I know they can very much work with relieve stress, anxiety and help sleep as well.There is medical research to sustain that as well, like there is for Hugs now.
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Original post by Anonymous
i'm feeling really overwhelmed with a-levels right now; i'm struggling a lot with perfectionism and maybe slightly OCD tendencies. no matter how much work i'm doing i never feel like im doing enough and never doing it right. i think on some level i recognise i do have good grades but i just dont feel like im able to keep pushing myself like this. ive been struggling with low mood for the past few years now, and i really need a break more than anything else. can anyone offer any advice on how to stay hopeful / what i can do to overcome this? thanks

If you have low mood for a few years, maybe it'd time to see a GP.

There is a lot of support out there such as:

-The Samaritans, you can call 116 123, which is available 24 hours a day

-Mind, 0300 123 3393

-Saneline, 0300 304 7000, from 4.30pm-10.30pm

-The mix, 0800 808 4994, 11am-11pm

-SHOUT, text 852258, 24 hour text service

-Crises, 741741, text service

-Papyrus, 0800 068 4141, if you have thoughts of suicide or in emotional distress

-Rethink mental health, 0300 5000 927

-No Panic, 0800 138 8889

-Relate, they have a chat advisor

-Mental Health 24/7: 0800 008 6516

-hubofhope website, useful contact information for your local area

You can self refer yourself to talking therapies on the NHS website.

There is the mind forum

Also Facebook groups

You can join support groups

You can contact a crises team if things get very bad

Plenty of resources online, information regarding well being.
Reply 4
Sorry to hear that you've been feeling like this. I would firstly advise that you definitely take a breather and set some time aside to rest and/or engage in a hobby that you love, whether it's the arts or writing or sports, etc. You seem to be very worried about your studies, but just remember it's literally impossible to function without time away. If you truly want to work to your full potential, take regular breaks where you need it. They'll allow you to reset, to gather your thoughts and even point out where you're being irrational. The more you entertain your slightly OCD tendencies, the worse they will become. When you feel yourself doing something you don't really need to be doing, pause for a second, and ask yourself if you really need to be doing this. If logically you know there is no need, stop yourself there without a second thought. The more time you spend thinking about it, the more you'll get in your own head and convince yourself to carry on.

Also, I think you need to work on changing your mindset and I know it isn't easy, but you need to constantly remind yourself that it is impossible to be perfect. As humans, we are born to make mistakes and there is no need to put constant pressure on ourselves to reach perfection because 1. we'll never be happy, and 2. we'll never reach it. Accept that it is not the end of the world to make mistakes and that you needn't be so hard on yourself. Take life with a pinch of salt and let yourself be free from your own constraints. & that's not to say don't aim for high grades, but it's just to say do your absolute best and be extremely proud of yourself regardless of the result. There is not a single age in life where we stop learning, so even in times where you put your all in and feel it hasn't paid off, you learn from it. You learn what you did wrong, you learn how to do better next time, and that's fine. You should still be proud of the effort you put in, because you tried and as long as you take the steps to improve in time for your exams, you'll be fine! A-Levels are SOLID, I completely acknowledge how difficult they are but try overcoming that by getting extra support if you need it. Sometimes you have no choice but to work through the hard, but just remember that you're only doing it for a short amount of time in your life. The hard will be over and soon you'll be doing your degree and looking back at this.

Definitely take a short break away and then when you come back to it, try to focus on tasks such as sleep/diet/exercise to keep your mood up. It's so stereotypical to advise this but it's underrated how much these things really help. If it gets overwhelming, do one thing at a time. For example, make sure you've had enough sleep so you don't wake up tired. Once you're up, make sure you fuel yourself with something to start your day. When you have a little free time, try to do some exercise or go out for some fresh air; open space can HEAVILY impact you and literally a 10 minute walk can do the job. Just doing these little things can make you get back in touch with the world around you when it feels like you're drowning in your own thoughts. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to do this, especially when you're surrounded by all the work/revision you have to do but just remind yourself that it's gonna make you feel better and help you reset your thoughts.

I wish you all the best with your A-Levels and hope you absolutely smash them!

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