Overcome Exam Nerves with Hypnotherapy in Wolverhampton
Almost everybody suffers Exam Nerves, or can recall suffering at the thought of having to take a test or exam and although a degree of “stress” is actually useful (it helps you to focus on the task) when being tested, it is important that exam nerves don’t overwhelm you as this can impede your performance.
In almost all cases these nerves are produced as a result of what we call “anticipatory” anxiety – that is, anxiety CREATED by thinking negatively about what it will be like.
Practical things you can do to reduce Exam Nerves
Try to avoid overdoing it with coffee, or other caffeine drinks such as “Coca-Cola” or “Red Bull” before an exam as the caffeine in these drinks acts as a stimulant and can cause an increase in heart rate which actually impedes your ability to think clearly.
You can reduce the effects of the stress that may be contributing to your exam nerves by making sure that you keep active, taking in plenty of oxygen as this can help to dissipate the “spare” adrenalin that the stress triggers to be released into the bloodstream.
Also, make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep in the period coming up to the exam as your Brain is more likely to be able to assimilate and utilise the knowledge that is stored in there given enough restful sleep.
Learn how to relax by “progressive” muscle relaxation techniques.
This involves working from the top of your head right down to the tips of your toes by sitting back, concentrating for a moment on the muscles, tensing those muscles for a few moments, and then relaxing them as you breathe slowly out.
If you spend 20 minutes or so working your way down your body in your mind, you will find that you become significantly more relaxed.
Coping with Exam Nerves
Why do some people get exam nerves and not others?
The answer to this question has much to do with your personal experiences and your personality type.
Whilst many people do not suffer nerves, a great many do and this is what is known as “social phobia” in that people often feel like they “have to do well” in exams in order to avoid the negative consequences of other people’s criticism.
Often the pressure to succeed can be so ingrained in the early years of character development that anything other than “fantastic” results can be seen as “failure”, even those this may in fact be “self-imposed” and not due to either parental or per pressure.
It should be clear that “making mistakes” is a normal human characteristic and that people CAN make mistakes without being judged upon those mistakes.
Types of Therapy available for Exam Nerves
We offer both Hypnotherapy & Psychological based solutions for Exam Nerves – choosing the right type of therapy for Exam Nerves probably has more to do with you and your personality type rather than which form of therapy is more effective, so if you are in any doubt you can always arrange to come along for one of our FREE initial assessments and we will advise you based on which therapy we think is most suited to YOU.