Have an upcoming exam? Here are three quick tips to help you with your exam anxiety:
1. Take a deep breath or two…or three…
Part of exam anxiety stems from shallow breathing or…not breathing at all! In simple terms, shallow breathing causes your body to panic thinking it’s not getting enough oxygen.
Deep breathing techniques allow your body and mind to be enriched in oxygen. This allows your brain to focus on the task at hand – writing the exam.
Here’s a great video I’ve used with clients just starting to learn how to deep breath: “4-7-8 Breathing” by GoZen: https://www.youtube.
2. Arrive a few minutes early to your exam destination.
Compounding our already anxious minds is not knowing where the exam is, logistics (parking, traffic, etc.), or a fear you’ll be late for the exam (I’ve had many dreams that I’ve been late for exams!).
Leaving early or finding out where the exam is ahead of time allows your mind to focus on the exam itself and not worry about traffic jams, parking issues, or being late.
For example, arriving 15-20 minutes early allows you to focus on the exam itself – instead of worrying about things that are beyond your control (traffic jams, etc.)
3. Think of writing an exam as an ‘adventure’!
A few years ago, one of my younger clients kindly reminded me that writing an exam isn’t a worrisome task to be avoided – it’s an exciting adventure! This way of re-framing your mind into positive thinking, helps combat negative thoughts. These positive thoughts allow your mind to concentrate on passing the exam instead of worrying about failing it.
If you find yourself struggling from exam anxiety or any other form of anxiety, please feel free to contact myself or one of our therapists. If your want enhance your body’s relaxation techniques, please feel free to contact one of our bodywork’s staff.
I wish you well on your exam!