Hypnotherapy for exam anxiety
31st May, 20150 Comments
Written by: Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Its normal to feel a little nervous before an exam and almost everyone does. Perhaps surprisingly, a small amount of stress before an exam is often very helpful and even inspirational. However, too much stress or anxiety will inhibit cognitive function and when stress becomes so great that it works against you, it needs to be addressed.
There are a number of causes for exam anxiety, including poor study habits, poor past exam performance, performance anxiety and general underlying anxiety issues.
The physical symptoms of exam anxiety include perspiration, rapid heartbeat, shaking, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, hyperventilation and fainting. Many students report a feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach.
Mental symptoms of exam anxiety include low self-esteem, anger, a feeling of hopelessness and depression. Its important for students to note that their situation is not hopeless and that effective help is available.
The symptoms described above indicate that the “fight or flight” response has been triggered. When we’re confronted by threatening situations we unconsciously produce a hormone called adrenaline. Adrenaline helps the body to prepare for a physical threat. Obviously there’s no physical threat in writing an exam, but this is a conditioned reflex. Unfortunately, this “fight or flight” response is the exact opposite of the desired effect we need for good cognitive function and this response seriously compromises the intellect.
In order to focus on the exam at hand and to easily recall information, the best frame of mind to be in would be described as a state of calm. Being relaxed and alert has been shown to be very effective for recalling information during exams and hypnotherapy is synonymous with relaxation. Learning to relax quickly and easily is a skill that will serve students for life and there is no faster, more practical way to learn to relax than through hypnotherapy.
When it comes to exams and studying, hypnotherapy is able to help in many other ways too. Habits are subconscious and so the fastest way to improve study habits is through the use of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy may also help to improve self-esteem, self confidence and to address depression.
About the author
Troy Robins is a highly experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist who has helped many thousands of people over many years of professional practice. Troy works at the Oxford Hypnotherapy Clinic in Oxford.
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