We’ve covered this one already in our top tips for Clearing blog, but being ready for Clearing is the best way to reduce stress. Put together a shortlist of courses that you like the look of (consider module content, placement years and grad opportunities) and make a beeline for those when Clearing opens. You’ll feel more at ease if you already have courses that you can apply for straightaway.
Catch some Z’s
You’ll have heard before that sleep is a powerful stress reducer. Being well-rested improves concentration, regulates mood and sharpens judgment and decision-making – all of which are important during Clearing. To power through the day ahead, try to get seven to nine hours of sleep on the run-up to results day. Putting your phone on 'do not disturb’ an hour before going to bed will help you wind down.
Ask for help
You’re not on your own during Clearing. Whether you want to speak to someone about your options or discuss your Clearing offers, there are people ready to listen and support you.
Firstly, speak to your teachers or career advisers at your school or college. They’ll know Clearing like the back of their hand and can guide and advise you. It’s best to speak to them before Clearing starts in case there’s anything you don't understand, but they’ll also be available on results day if you need a plan B.
Secondly, you can speak to us. We’ve also been around the Clearing block a few times! You don’t have to make an application to call our hotline. If you have questions about our course vacancies, or want more info about the University, our Clearing operators can help you make an informed decision.
Eat, drink, break, repeat.
It sounds simple but not fuelling yourself properly could be detrimental during Clearing. If your body doesn’t get the energy it needs, you’ll find it harder to regulate stress.
Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious meals. Try not to drink too much caffeine, eat sugary snacks or resort to junk food. They’re fine for a quick boost of energy, but they won’t sustain you for long. Think about prepping some of your meals ahead of results day to keep your energy levels topped up.
And then there’s the all-important breaktimes. You’ll likely get FOMO while you’re away from your computer, but don’t let that stop you from taking regular timeouts. Taking a breather will help you stay at the top of your game.
Stay off socials
Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter are great platforms for doing your Clearing research but they may not be as good for your mental wellbeing on results day. If you think you’ll need to use Clearing because you won’t get the results you need, seeing friends celebrate their success could be upsetting and might squash your morale.
If you want to stay in touch with friends and family, we advise using Whatsapp or text message or, if you want to focus entirely on the task at hand, turn your phone off and wait until you’ve secured a place of your own before diving back into your socials.
And our last piece of advice?
Focus on yourself, prepare as best you can and take your time making final decisions.