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Studying for exams is stressful to say the least, but if you are also suffering from the isolating effects of loneliness or depression, it can make everything feel so much harder. Speaking up and asking for help is both the hardest and most important thing you can possibly do if you are feeling this way.

With your exams looming on the horizon, it’s only natural to think about your post-education future. If you are feeling uncertain about the next step in your life and wondering what you will do once school is over, you might just be able to find your path at the Rocking Future career expo. You’ll get some great career advice while meeting other like-minded students at the same time. You will be sure to leave the expo feeling empowered and excited about the bright future ahead of you. 

What Are The Effects of Loneliness and Isolation?

Research shows that isolation can become extremely detrimental to your health. In fact, loneliness can be as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And, according to Forbes, it increases mortality rates by 26%. There’s no doubt that having healthy, close relationships will have a lasting positive effect on your life and your studies. On the other hand, loneliness creates a vicious cycle of fear and self-doubt that makes it hard to break away from isolation, which also aggravates the process of making new friends.

Isn’t Loneliness Just An Issue For Old People?

We tend to think of loneliness as an issue with the elderly, but isolation can strike at any age and its effects are just as devastating. In fact, being young and facing the pressure and uncertainty of an unknown future can be very isolating and lonely. The stress and strain of both studying for your exams and thinking about your future can only make symptoms of mental health problems much worse.

What Can You Do About It?

It is hard to make the first step to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you are naturally a quiet and shy person. It can feel as though everybody is already paired up or part of close-knit friendship groups, but you will be surprised how many people feel exactly the same as you but aren’t saying anything because they are scared of rejection.

Reach Out And Speak Out

Reaching out to people with similar interests as you, will give you the confidence boost that you need, and after you’ve done it once, the next time won’t be as nerve-wracking. Exam time means that you need all the help you can get and what better way to relieve some pre-exam stress than by sharing some of the burden with new friends? 

 

Article written by Jane Sandwood for 3RC