“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” —Maya Angelou
Anxiety arises out of the fear of failing which can be dealt with in various ways. Overcoming fear is a practice which makes you in turn challenging and daring to risk yourself with a brave heart to face the outcome. One should be ready for defeat or victory in one’s stride, while working for a cause, be it school exams or the exams we encounter in our lives.
Youth often faces exam stress affecting them in varying ways. The most important thing is that one should know the ways to manage this stress and try hard to eliminate the risk of burnout. Throughout your academic life you will come across this stress as it is a normal human feeling and your body and mind triggers a number of physical, emotional and mental reactions. Often encountering sweaty clammy hands, the urge to visit the toilet, the weak knees, the unreasonable panic attacks: these are vital signs of stress. As these are normal our effort should be in the direction to diagnose the stress and act on it to maximize performance. Serious stress attacks are often encountered by the intense worrier, perfectionist, ill-prepared learner, masters of avoidance, and procrastinators. However, there are ways and possible means to keep stress at a manageable level. Let’s discuss the ways.
Good study habits and strategies:
No matter how intense exam schedule you have, always take study breaks. Often sparing time away from studies can be helpful to ease your stressed mind and body. Relaxation makes you to be able to cope with stress and make it easier to concentrate and start all over again. Stay calm and plan your portion, when to start and finish your portion.
You might be aspiring for certain grade, and your parents, teachers and even you put yourself in lot of pressure. No matter form where the pressure arises think positively and work on your pursuit. Working for a purpose in a planned and organized way will reap you benefits and help you to accomplish the task in a smooth and stress free way. Keep reviewing your past performances and improve yourself by learning from your mistakes.
Prepare yourself well for the test to reduce anxiety:
To approach the exam with confidence, you need to look at it as an opportunity to prove and express yourself. Take an exam as a platform to show how much you’ve studied and to receive a reward for the studying you’ve done. Some of these strategies might be helpful, but it is always better to adopt the ways which suits one.
- One might feel more relaxed if one follows a systematic way of study and practice the material on which you will be tested. Studying a little bit over time than cramming your studying all at once is always beneficial. Studying in the same place regularly helps you to recall information that you need at the test time.
- Find out what works for you, and follow the same steps each time you prepare for your test. This will help you to control and ease your stress level and ensure that you feel better and competent enough. Before and during the exam make yourself calm, take an attempt to perform relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, relaxing your muscles or close your eyes and positively think of the outcome.
- Eat well and drink plenty of water. Stay away from sugary drinks such as soda pop, it can cause your blood sugar to peak and then drop, or caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks or coffee, which can increase anxiety.
A bit of nervousness before a test is normal and can help sharpen your mind and rather turn you into being more focused. Your attention stays put, but things like worry, anxiety and self-doubt can interfere with your test-taking performance and make you miserable also. Always take exam as an opportunity a way to see how you have worked hard and embrace the reward that comes along with it. Sometimes it may not turn up to your expectation, but the real challenge is to face it and work on your weaknesses. Be confident and sure of yourself; believe that the best is yet to come!