One of the main factors which can cause anxiety is stress build up, which can then make your body release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. This causes the physical symptoms of anxiety. There are two types of anxiety:
Low Anxiety: students who have low anxiety tend to feel nervous before an exam, but are still able to focus on the questions asked in their exam. They usually don't experience things like panic attacks for such situations.
High Anxiety: students who have high anxiety seem to get an immediate reaction and tend to try and avoid coming to the exam or even not being to focus well in the exam.
Whether you have high or low anxiety, research has shown that managing your anxiety can actually help your exam performance boost. It's crucial to give as much attention to your mental well being as you do for your revision. Balancing out the two is what you should try to master. Here are some tips on how to tackle anxiety during exams and stressful days:
- Eat enough food and eat healthy (Same goes for exercise): Now you may think that this has nothing to do with helping with anxiety or stress, but it does! It is vital for your health and will most likely reduce the risk of getting ill before or even on the exam day. So think about it like this: the healthier you eat and consistently exercise the more further away those headaches or feelings of fatigue will be from you.
- Take a break: Taking a break means moving away from your revision environment and placing yourself in a different scenario. This prevents you from over cramming and helps your attention to recharge and refresh. When you do get back to your work, get a blank piece of paper and write all that you remember. What you don't remember, read over it again.
- Make a list for THAT DAY: Pour all your wants for that day on a post it and tick them off as you go along. Try to make the list short and simple so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
- Think positive: You may not notice but your thoughts are powerful and can impact you depending if the thought was positive or negative. If you think positively, you are more likely to do more, whereas negative thinking will just make things worse and not help you too reach your goal.
- Prepare ahead of time: By this I mean don't leave everything till last minute, as this will just increase your stress levels and won't help you in the long run.
- Don't pay attention to what everyone else is doing: You may see that another peer has done for example 12 pages of work, whereas you have done 6 and your natural reaction would be to panic and stress more. But you need to remember that it's quality over quantity and that whatever pace you are going at is best for you. You don't know whether that person has processed all the information in their brain or not, BUT you know if you have and that's what matters!
Hi everyone, firstly I would like to apologize for not putting up an article for quite some time (I had quite a lot of revision to do, due to mocks), and secondly I hope this article helps you, as I have used each and every one of these. They prevented (and still prevent) me from stressing out and feeling more anxious, so hopefully they do the same for you. Also unfortunately I will soon no longer be creating anymore mental health articles as I have GCSEs in less than two weeks and will be leaving the school after that. However, I will be posting an article next week Friday to make up for the miss and I will be getting a new member to run these articles for you to read and benefit from :)
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