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Getting through the Christmas holidays

Christmas doesn't always mean a relaxing break. Not only is it the height of revision season leading up to January mock exams, but the added time at home can be stressful. Try factoring a few of the below into your holidays to help you manage your stress ...

Plan your studies
Make a study plan setting out key times for revision that fit around any part-time work and your Christmas activities. Make sure you leave plenty of time for rest and give yourself a few full days off.
Go outside
Wrap up warm and head outdoors for a break from work and noise of Christmas. You could meet up with friends, visit Christmas markets or go for a walk.
Build a routine
Although often routine goes out the window during the holidays, try as much as possible to give yourself clear activities each day, even on days off from studying. This could be meeting friends, volunteering or exercising. Try to get out of the house each day as this will improve your energy levels, mood and focus when you do go back to revising.
Arrange to meet up
Sometimes the hardest thing about the holidays is feeling more isolated from friends without meeting up regularly school. Try and arrange a couple of occasions to meet up with friends before you break up from school if this is something you're worried about.
Get support if you need it
If you're worried about missing out on additional support over the Christmas holidays, there are a few places you can go to access support and advice:

Samaritans
The Samaritans offer round the clock support. Their volunteers will listen without judging or telling you what to do and it is completely confidential. Samaritans' new free helpline number is 116 123. Calls to this helpline number do not appear on phone bills.

Youth Access
Youth Access helps you access support from local youth organisations and youth centres.

Get Connected
The Mix offers support to young people under age 25 and can be contacted by email, webchat or you can call their free helpline on 0808 808 4994 between 11am and 11pm daily.

ChildLine
ChildLine counsellors offer confidential support you can call them free on 0800 1111. Calls to this number won't appear on phone bills. You can also contact them by email, webchat and view the messaging boards.
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