We’re fast approaching exam time again and I’m sure some of you reading this will have children who are very nervous about the prospect of sitting them. Or maybe you’ve come across this post because you’re a teen who is currently struggling with exam anxiety.
Exam stress is one of the things I see a lot around this time every year, with lots of students concerned that they won’t do as well as they had hoped. A few nerves can help exam performance but when they become overwhelming, it can have a devastating effect and throw every bit of preparation out of the window. Anxiety and panic can ultimately lead to performance anxiety and no matter how much groundwork has been laid in the run-up to the exam, mindset can be the fine line between success and failure.
Exam anxiety can also encourage negative self perceptions and set up a self fulfilling prophecy around failure. Fear of failure is often a key factor in exam anxiety and it can lead to a vicious circle that makes this more likely.
Hypnotherapy for Exam Anxiety
Here’s some good news about exam anxiety: this is definitely something that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help to overcome. Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful interventions for stress and anxiety, which is one of the reasons why students are keen to give it a try in the build-up to their exams.
For exam anxiety specifically, there can be a lot of advantages. Some of the main ones are:
Feeling calm, relaxed and confident when preparing for and sitting an exam means a much greater chance of performing to full potential. One of the key ways it can do this involves encouraging a calm frame of mind that allows easy retrieval of the information stored in the brain during revision sessions. Hypnotherapy can also boost confidence, self esteem and self belief to significantly reduce fear of failure.
How does this happen? Visualisation techniques and the power of positive suggestion are some of the tools that can be used in exam situations to help to regain control over anxiety and panic. These tools can be brought to mind as a coping mechanism.
Practical Tips to Minimise Exam Anxiety
Paying attention to general health and wellness is also important to keep both the mind and body in the best shape for exam success. Lack of sleep, not eating well and not drinking enough fluids can affect concentration and memory and make anxiety more of a problem.
If you make sure to get plenty of rest and sleep, eat a balanced and nutritious diet and avoid getting dehydrated, it can help to reduce anxiety. If sleep is an issue, hypnotherapy can help to break the vicious cycle that can develop between insomnia and anxiety and help to retrain your brain for better sleep.