It doesn’t matter what age you are, exam stress can affect anyone. No matter how much the person has studied for the exam, nerves can still hit at the most inopportune of times.
Hypnotherapy is a common method that is used to reduce the feelings of anxiety, boost confidence and help control exam nerves. It can help you keep a calm mind in the exam room or during a practical driving test, which is potentially one of the most stressful positions to be in.
The visualisation techniques and power of suggestion used by hypnotherapists encourages the individual to clear their mind in anticipation of their exams, which enables them to take more information in, instead of panicking about forgetting everything. It can help keep a cool, focused head at all times.
If you are well-prepared for the exam, all of the information you need is in your head. But when you experience stress or anxiety, it can be difficult to concentrate and focus. When your mind goes blank, it is often a result of the panic you are experiencing – you need to remember to breathe. Hypnotherapy can help you remain in control, as well as recall the information correctly and easily, while restoring your self-belief in the process.
In order for hypnotherapy sessions and self-hypnosis techniques to work, it’s important to keep healthy. While you might think it’s a good idea to stock up on energy drinks and crisps, this won’t help in the long-run. You should aim to eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated and avoid all-nighters at all costs.
If you have an exam coming up, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to remain calm and combat the stress:
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and nervous, it can be difficult to control your breathing. Focus your mind for a moment before the exam – breathe in for the count of four, then exhale for another four seconds. Repeat this process until you feel in control.
Exercise is a great stress reliever and a change in environment can encourage creativity and keep you inspired. Put the revision down and go outside for a short walk.
Similarly, constantly working can leave you exhausted and hinder your ability to retain information. Be sure to take a break every 45 minutes. Set an alarm so you can take a moment to grab a snack, make a cup of tea and just relax.