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Failed exam – how to deal with it like a boss

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I wish I would have studied more. Damn NETFLIX! I should have spent more time in front of my books. I should have … STOP!
You might be right. And you could have done it differently. But you know what? You cannot go back and change it. It is done. Accepting that is hard, I know. But always going back in your mind just creates weird scenarios that will never happen anyways.

In my university we never get our results for written exams before the end of exam ’season‘. That doesn’t stop my brain from telling me that I for sure didn’t pass this exam. And since my brain is always really convincing and good at making my mood bad, I believe it. For the rest of the day I re-think the whole exam, what others had as a solution  etc. Sounds familiar?

There are two options for you after an exam: analyse what and how you’ve done it wrong. Or you just leave it at that and don’t think about it anymore. To get you and me out of this thinking and feeling bad, I created 4 tips on how to deal with it like a boss. They’ll help you re-focus and and start fresh again!


Hydrate

Chances are high that you barely did drink anything at all during the exam. Because you were so busy putting all of your genius thoughts on paper. You brain and body is screaming for hydration!
When I leave unik after an exam, I start getting a headache fast or I just feeling exhausted in general. And everything you’ll do afterards will be influenced by your de-hydration. So just rest for a moment, take a huge sip (of water or something similar) and keep your bottle with you for the rest of the day (just like everyday).

Distract yourself

This tip of course only works, if your time schedule allows it. That might not be the case, when you’re a busy #GirlBoss.

There are two different kinds of distraction: online and offline.
For those of you, who might have a little head ache or feel a little sluggish offline distraction is the best.

read a book or a magazine, go for a walk, meet with friends, listen to a podcast (semi-offline)

Recently I invested some time after an exam into reading a professional journal about the hospitality industry (my kind of industry). And guess what? It not only widened my knowledge about my industry or distracted me.  It also provided me with solme ideas for my bachelor thesis (yes, it is so close already!). Win Win.

reading a magazine

For those of you, who are in need for a ‚I don’t need to actively do something“- distraction, online distraction is awesome.

scroll through Instagram, check out Pinterest or Bloglovin, watch some YouTube

(psssst… want to know about my ‚must watch‘ tv series? Read here!)

One of my personal tips (which is only working if your schedule allows it) is doing absolutely nothing for the rest of the day that is related to studying. No uni books, no revision, no ‚whats apping‘ about the next exam …

Workout

It was predictable that I would mention this, right? I mean it is pretty obvious for me. If you have questions marks in your brain, read on my loves.

When I am working out, I totally zone out. Because I am focused on my body and the exercises I am about to do. But most of all, because I have to focus on what I am doing, otherwise I might hurt myself.
Exercise gets your heart pumping and your breath is intensifiying. The adrenaline is flowing through your veins. And well, you zone out. Okay, this was a really bad attempt trying to explain my thoughts. hahah.
I actually have to admit that the ‚zoning out‘ thing didn’t happen for me until I found a workout routine that I enjoy. So get you butt of the couch and try some stuff out! Maybe this post will help you stick to your new routine.

Deal with it like a freaking #GirlBoss

In general, just don’t get discouraged! You did your best and even if you have to re-do it, that is totally ok and human. You might dwell on it for a bit – that is fine – but make sure to get back up again. If you are in need for a pep talk – just message me!

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