Exam season is nigh and with it the stress young (in fact any age) people feel about taking those exams. Being a bit nervous is normal and will probably even spur you on more and help you do better, but full blown anxiety attacks make it impossible to concentrate and recall anything you have spent weeks or even months memorising. Exam stress can be a major impediment to do well.
The ways in which severe exam stress can manifest
- Feeling anxious, worried or even in despair
- The thought that you’ll never be able to get through all the preparation needed for the exam
- Being unable to concentrate
- Inability to relax because of guilt that you’re not working
- Headaches, migraines
- Tiredness or exhaustion
- Increased heart rate
- Feeling panicky, maybe even leading to a panic attack
There are many things you can do yourself to lessen the stress that exams can cause. These include a healthy diet, getting enough sleep (all night cramming sessions are not recommended), talking through your worries with an understanding parent or friend and creating a comfortable working environment.
How hypnotherapy can help
If you know you are prone to extreme exam stress, consider hypnotherapy as an alternative approach. Hypnotherapy provides a safe way to get rid of exam stress once and for all. Hypnotherapy is a fully conscious deep relaxation during which time positive suggestions can be made in the subconscious. It helps to create new study habits, builds confidence and aids in memory recall.
Visualisation techniques can be used to “normalise” success and feeling calm during your exam, so that that’s what your brain expects; much the same as athletes might visualise winning. It is this getting into the “flow state” or the “Zone” and learning how to do this yourself, that can be so effective.
The hypnotherapist addresses your subconscious putting you back in control and helping you to feel relaxed. You are learning techniques you can apply in the exam situation itself. Then you can be in charge of your mind and your emotions when you need it most.
Samantha Culshaw-Robinson is a clinical hypnotherapist and has dealt with many young people in her practice and has helped them overcome exam stress. She also provides these services to schools in the Nottinghamshire area. For more information and to book a complimentary session please get in touch via email email@example.com or ring 075 222 777 22.