Exams are among the most stressful things we experience throughout our life time. Whether they’re held at school, university or for continuing professional development, exams put a lot of pressure on the students as well as on friends and family. In some instances, exam stress can get so severe that the student feels paralysed, not being able to perform anywhere near their abilities. People like to try quick fixes in an attempt to relax the students.
“These range from popping bubble wrap to cuddling pets. The BBC reported that the University of Leicester students’ union is planning ‘bubble wrap stations’ where students can relax by popping the packaging material. Puppies will also be brought in to soothe stressed-out students. Michael Rubin, president elect of the students’ union, said ‘mental well-being is a top priority’ during exams.
And even school websites, like ukprivate schools.com, offer advice to students and parents on what to do before, during and after exams.”
Stress often builds up over time. If left unchecked it can get out of control with individuals not being able to cope with circumstances that they could otherwise easily manage. Stress and anxiety can lead to both physical and mental problems. With the threat of exams lead they can lead to seemingly insurmountable situations.
Hypnotherapy can help to reduce exam stress
A hypnotherapist can help reduce stress and anxiety which is a fear or concern that is exaggerated and out of proportion with the situation with hypnotherapy. When an individual experiences anxiety, he or she loses this sense of perspective. The increased stress can be very harmful to the body, as increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, are released. Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of cortisol and cause memory problems, a weakened immune system, increased blood pressure and even reduced fertility.
“Your therapist will work with you to reach your goals using a range of different techniques. Every therapist may use slightly different techniques but each will be working towards the same goal.”
Samantha finds it most effective to tailor the techniques to the individual client’s needs.
Working with a hypnotherapist you may feel more confident and more relaxed. It can help you deal better with situations that have previously challenged you. People often say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought. They are able to make decisions more easily.
A common side effect of anxiety is insomnia. Hypnotherapy can often alleviate this. Clients frequently report better sleep and as a result an increased ability to work more effectively.
“It is as if hypnotherapy unlocks the potential you have to break free of negative thought patterns, and to react more positively and more confidently to situations in your life that may have previously made you anxious.
In spite of much debate, exams are going to stay a part of student life, professional life and personal life.”
How the Live Well Practice can help
Do you or anyone you love find exams stressful? Why not get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson and make exams less of an ordeal. I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapists. This article is based on an original that was published on their website. It can be accessed here in full.
If you would like to find out more about what hypnotherapy can do to help with exam stress and anxiety or to book a complimentary first session, please get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson for an informal chat. Based in Nottingham, I am a hypnotherapist successfully treating clients since 2010. Call 075 222 777 22 or email at email@example.com .