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Tips for Coping with Mental Health Challenges While Studying for Medical Exams
  • 27 Mar 2023
  • Medical Revision

At Pastest we recognise studying for exams can be incredibly challenging, both mentally and emotionally. It's common to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed during this time, which can have a significant impact on your mental health. We’ve recently partnered with You Okay, Doc?, a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students. Through this partnership we want to support our users who are finding things hard.

In this blog, we'll discuss some tips for coping with mental health challenges while studying for medical exams.

Practice self-care

Self-care is critical for maintaining good mental health. Make sure to take breaks and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge. This could be anything from taking a walk outside to reading a book or watching a movie. Also, try to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. Taking care of your physical health can have a positive impact on your mental health. Make sure that the fuel you are putting into your body is good quality, and is going to give you the nutrients you require. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep your brain fully hydrated and ready to concentrate for extended periods of time.

Develop a study schedule

During revision you'll probably have lots of ideas and key points whizzing around your brain, and you may feel that it's difficult to clear your mind. Creating a study schedule can help you stay organised and reduce stress. Plan out your study sessions in advance and make sure to include breaks. Having a schedule can help you stay on track and feel more in control of your workload.

Seek support

Don't be afraid to reach out for support if you're struggling with your mental health. Talk to friends or family members, or consider speaking with a mental health service such as You Okay, Doc?. Text YOD to 85258 for free, confidential, 24/7 mental health SMS support from trained mental health support professionals. Many medical schools offer counseling services to students, so make sure to take advantage of these resources if you need them.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique that can help you stay present and focused in the moment. Try practicing mindfulness meditation or deep breathing exercises to help calm your mind and reduce stress. You can also try yoga or other forms of gentle exercise to help you relax.

Take breaks

It's important to take breaks throughout the day, especially when you're studying for long periods. Take a few minutes to stretch, walk around, or do something you enjoy. Breaks can help you recharge and prevent burnout.

Set realistic expectations

It’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself. Studying for medical exams can be challenging, and it's important to be kind to yourself during this time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to perform perfectly, and remember that it's okay to make mistakes.


Why not set yourself a series of goals in the lead-up to a particular task or exam? When you achieve your goal, reward yourself with a little treat - simple things like a trip to the cinema with a friend or a quiet meal with your partner in your favourite restaurant. Breaking your ambition into smaller goals can help you retain focus, and allow you to feel that you are making good progress.

For more information regarding You Okay, Doc? and the help they provide, visit their website:

  • 27 Mar 2023
  • Medical Revision