It’s Exam Time! Reduce Stress, Perform Better

by | Apr 26, 2018 | Blog

How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Can Help Reduce Stress and Improve Performance

Facing Exams Again!

It’s exam time in the UK and many stressed-out teenagers need support.

Recently I have been studying again as part of my professional development and, even though I am passionate about my work, I found that the pressure of deadlines and producing quality assignments never gets any easier. I have every sympathy with all those facing exams and coursework deadlines in the next few months.

My personal way of coping with the stress I experienced when studying was to tap into the very essence of Solution Focused techniques, which is – if you find something that works, do more of it!

What works for me is physical activity. Making time for more exercise and physical activity had a very positive effect on my mental health and my sense of wellbeing. This in turn, enhanced my academic performance, as I felt calmer, more confident and in control.

Researchers have found that physical activity can have both immediate and long-term benefits on academic performance. Physical activity can increase our ability to concentrate on tasks, improving our learning and memory consolidation. Physical activity can also be very effective in relieving stress, increasing our serotonin levels which enhance our mood, confidence, motivation and self-esteem.

And, of course exercise can also enhance our physical performance. My 3 months of studying and exercise made me fitter and stronger, and reduced my metabolic age by 9 years!

Memories of School Exams

I remember so vividly going into that intimidating exam room aged 17 and feeling intense pressure. Would I remember anything? Exam nerves can affect anyone, at any age. It doesn’t matter how much you have revised or how much experience you have, the chances are you will still have a feeling of panic.

Many people will feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety when sitting an exam, or before submitting an assignment or dissertation. Many of us know how nerve-racking it can be to take a test. Our driving test often provides the most vivid recollection of exam nerves!

Stress is a Natural Reaction to Exam Pressure

Feeling stressed and anxious before an exam is to be expected. Some people are able to use these feelings to help them stay focused and motivated. Others find the pressure overwhelming. Sometimes stress can cause a person to achieve below their true potential.

Stress is a natural, healthy physical response evolved by human beings in order to protect them in times of danger. When an individual is faced with a stressor, a hormone is released within the body which causes various physiological changes; the heart races, the hands go sweaty, breathing can become fast and shallow, the stomach begins to churn!

Although this evolutionary advantage is excellent at preparing the body for a fight when facing a polar bear or similar, it’s not so helpful when it comes to students and exams.

Achieving the Right State of Mind for Exam Success

It is important to understand that the anxiety is not caused by the events. Anxiety is caused by negative thinking. It is not the events in one’s life that cause the perception of crisis. If it was, every student would be having a panic attack! It is the thought patterns we create around our life events.

Hypnotherapy can be an excellent way to understand the thought patterns which lead to anxiety and so learn how to manage it.

Exam preparation is not just about hours spent studying and revising. It is also about your state of mind.

If you can feel calm, relaxed, focused and confident when studying for your exam and when sitting it, you will be much more likely to achieve a positive outcome and attain the best result you can.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your upcoming exams or coursework deadlines? Do you find the exam experience very stressful? Are you worried that due to stress and anxiety you will not be able to perform as well as you would like?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Heighten motivation
  • Improve memory
  • Keep you calm and focused during this difficult period

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