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Practical Tips for Exam Anxiety

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Our teenage years can be one of the most challenging times of our lives.  Not only do teenagers have to contend with bodily changes and hormones, but also external aspects such as school, with the need to gain qualifications and the pressure to be a certain way. The large numbers of issues teenagers face can result in feelings of inadequacy, low confidence and low self-esteem. All this can  lead to exam anxiety.

Unfortunately, stress, anxiety or panic attacks are all too common. This can surface in many ways. If depression or stress and anxiety begin to develop, then this together with natural hormonal changes can cause difficulty in relationships with friends and family, and lapses in memory, anger or high irritability. Physical symptoms can include low energy, upset stomach, migraines and other physical problems such as alopecia.

Prolonged periods of anxiety and stress can be very psychologically draining, and this can cause a drop in school performance. This, in turn, raises the amount of pressure and emotional stress experienced by the young person, fuelling the problem. Unchecked, these prolonged feelings of stress and anxiety can escalate into stress-related coping patterns, such as phobias like agoraphobia, eating disorders, and other self-destructive habits such as cigarette smoking, drug taking or self-harm.

Because we sometimes see teenage problems as part of ‘growing up’ we often don’t give them serious attention. But actually, teenagers are taking on difficult problems that are unique to their age. They may be confronting bullies, having memory lapses in exams, finding it hard to be motivated to revise and, of course, performance anxiety. The pressure comes from numerous sources such as teachers, parents, siblings, classmates and, of course, themselves.

Hypnotherapy can help with exam anxiety

There is certainly no magic pill for these issues; each young person is different. Ideally, we need to remove any external pressures or at least mitigate them, if at all possible. There should be a good support structure set up, both, at school and home and the teen’s internal thought processes need to be worked with. Hypnotherapy is an effective way of combating the internal thought processes that might be triggering the teenager’s problems.

Hypnotherapy works by changing the feelings and beliefs associated with certain circumstances within the subconscious mind. It starts by establishing any problems that might have caused these more serious problems to develop.

These issues might include beliefs about being good enough, social problems such as intimidation or pressure from peers, and family traditions.

Techniques used by hypnotherapists look to completely transform the response of the subconscious so that teenagers can think more positively and genuinely feel more in control of their lives. These techniques help a teenager to adjust to their ever-evolving world and to deal with their workload more effectively. Being taught mindfulness and relaxation techniques can also be very helpful.

As a result, they not only manage their current troubles but are quite often far more resilient as they move into adulthood.

To start with, why not email me so I can send you my complimentary recording of the 3 Minute Breathing Space.

If you have any questions about teenage issues, in particular, exam anxiety, please get in touch.

I am Samantha Culshaw-Robinson, a clinical hypnotherapist and mindfulness practitioner. I have been helping teenagers with exam anxiety since 2010. For a free introductory session, please contact me either via email sam@livewellpractice.co.uk  or phone 075 222 777 22.

If you would like to book in for a session, please fill in your contact details on my consultation page.


Disclaimer: As with most practices, mindfulness may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any existing mental health conditions or past trauma, you should discuss these with your GP or mental health professional and these should also be disclosed prior to enrolling in a class.

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