Results day: The importance of self care in staying positive

As you await your results coming tomorrow (4 August), looking after your physical and mental health is extremely important. Grab a cuppa and get ready to relax in the lead up to your results.

Whether you are the most stressed you have ever been or are surprisingly calm about your results coming tomorrow, looking after yourself is key. From getting enough sleep to seeking support when you need it, we look at how you can calm your nerves and relax.

Self care

Self care has wide ranging definitions, but it is essentially doing things that look after your overall wellbeing and help you chill out, and it is especially important during this stressful time.

Take the time to think about things that make you feel calm, happy and in control. This could be things like cooking your favourite meal, sitting down with a good book or watching your favourite movie.

While having the ultimate pamper night can be great if you are trying to calm your nerves, more basic self care is even more important.


You might find it difficult to eat big meals or get enough sleep tonight if you are worried about your results, but this will ensure you are more relaxed and ready for whatever results day brings. Drink plenty of water and try to get to bed early so you feel refreshed in the morning.

Looking after yourself will put you in a better position to face results day, but you don’t have to do it alone.

There’s no shame in expressing your concerns and feelings around results day, talking to a trusted family member or friend can make you feel better about the situation.

Along with your loved ones, there’s support available in the form of mental health services like Samaritans, and results support like the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) results helpline.

Next steps

If your results aren’t what you expected or you don’t meet the conditions for your chosen college or university course, this isn’t the end of the line. There are so many opportunities for you to reach your full potential even if results day doesn’t go your way.

The SDS results helpline is run by careers advisers that can help you plan your next steps whether this means looking at different higher education providers, an apprenticeship or going straight into work.

If you have your heart set on going to university or college but haven’t gotten into your chosen course, Clearing can help you. UCAS Clearing lets you search for courses that still have spaces available, you then get in touch with the education provider directly to ask if they would accept you on a course.

No matter what happen on results day, remember that there is no wrong path to your chosen career. If you don’t get the results you want or need, you can still achieve your dreams.

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