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Getting through the Christmas holidays

Getting through the Christmas holidaysChristmas doesn't always mean a relaxing break. Find out how to beat stress and make it through to the new year.

Not only is it the height of revision season leading up to January mock exams, but the time at home can be stressful without the time at school and other activities to get you away from the house. Visiting family, studying and part-time work alongside the chaos of Christmas can sometimes make you feel more exhausted at the end of the holidays than you did at the beginning. To beat the stress try and factor a few things into your holidays:

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 in 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:

The Site

Run by YouthNet, The Site offers a wide range of advice and support for 16-25 year olds on anything from study support to support around mental health, relationships, money etc.


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

Get Connected 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 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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