Do you feel like your mind freeze during exams? Do you find yourself thinking “I really can’t do this”? Does your heart race fast or do you find it hard to breath during exams? Most people feel anxious when taking an exam, but researches show that some people are more likely to suffer from exam anxiety than others. So, what can we do to calm ourselves. Before this let us understand what exam anxiety is.
Exam Anxiety – Normal level of stress can help us to work better and be more productive. Such stress is thus known as eustress. However, if the anxiety we are experiencing feels overwhelming, our performance can be affected adversely; and this is called as distress.
EXAM ANXIETY is the experience of feeling an intense moment of fear or panic before or / and during an exam or assessment. Anxiety can cause sleepless nights, irritability or short temper, butterflies in the stomach, poor appetite or low self-esteem.
Being aware of what is causing the anxiety can help to reduce its effects. So take some time to think about what is causing the anxiety. It could be because of being generally worried, poor preparation, bad experience with previous exam, being perfectionist, or feeling unwell.
TIPS FOR COPING EXAM ANXIETY
- While preparing for the exam, prepare ahead of time by studying regularly.
- Use practice exam papers for revisions.
- Create a time table or a planner.
- Spend some time in physical exercises and to follow one of your hobbies.
- Talk to your parents and teachers about your thoughts and feelings.
- Take good self-care: pay attention to your sleep, nutrition, relaxation routines.
- Practice focusing your attention on the task at hand rather than getting tangled in anxiety.
- Try replacing unhelpful thoughts with more encouraging self-talk.
- Learn relaxation techniques from the expert.
- Remember that most people feel tense at this point. However, the more relaxed you will stay, better you will be able to perform.
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR HAPPY EXAMS
- I enjoy the subjects I am studying.
- I focus well to get good grades.
- I study well.
- Focusing comes naturally to me.
- I am a bright student.