Exam season and stress busting techniques
With the exam season fast approaching, one can already feel the nervousness and anxiety in the air amongst students in schools and colleges throughout the UK.
The charity Child-Line recently conducted The National Exam Stress Survey which showed that a worrying 96% of the 1300 of students surveyed complained that they felt anxious about exams (and particularly revision). Furthermore, many say they have never received any support in dealing with the exam situation.
Alarmingly, Child-line highlighted the fact that many students had coped with anxiety by smoking, taking drugs, drinking and self-harming.
No one needs to suffer stress of any kind when there are such easy to learn techniques to counteract it and certainly never to the point where it becomes so extreme that it manifests as panic attacks.
Stress and anxiety is basically the turning on of the Flight, Fight or Freeze system by a perceived fear. This system has always been with us and responds as an on off switch. The body sends a huge amount of energy to the limbs so that you can run away or fight the the perceived threat! Think logically about this. If all the energy is in the limbs, what is left to think rationally or to access the memory to find the information you need. That is why you may struggle to remember your own name once you have turned the first page of your exam paper!
Now realistically our threats today are not usually life threatening but it appears as if we are turning the system on but unable to turn it off again. The FFF system can be turned off by slow and efficient breathing. In this way, you are also coming out of the mind where the negative thoughts are racing into the body. This is in fact the basis of meditation.
When we add in the awesome power of hypnosis to remove negative belief programmes, emotional ties and embed positive programming suggestions into the mind, we can provide a completely holistic answer to all levels of the problem, not only of exam stress and anxiety on any issue.
Hypnosis supplemented by a range of other coaching techniques to deal with the errant thoughts, modelling success and confidence should mean that relieving of exam stress anxiety will lead to the possession of tools for a positively joyous life!
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About Theresa Borg
Theresa Borg BA (Hons) DHP DCH GQHP MPLTA is the director of Positively Joyous Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Meditation based in South East London since 2009. She is a member of The Past Life Therapists Association and Acknowledged Supervisor with the General Hypnotherapy Register.