Coping with Exam Stress

One of the reasons that exams can be stressful is that the outcome cannot be controlled. However, a little bit of stress can be helpful though it is important to be aware of this stress ensuring that it is kept in proportion as statistics on teen mental health have painted a gloomy picture. For instance, ChildLine reported in 2013-2014 a 200% increase in young people contacting their helpline because of exam stress, with 1 in 3 teenage girls displaying “psychological distress” by the time they reach their GCSEs.

And yet, backlogged mental health provision means waiting times to get support are increasing. Is this because exam stress affecting mental health is on the rise or is it because teens are better at talking about it and seeking help?

Most people experience pressure, stress and anxiety when it comes to exams and people deal with it in very different ways. Exam stress can manifest itself in many ways including lack of concentration or difficulty in remembering, problems with sleeping, feeling irritable and annoyed, prone to catching a cold or feel generally unwell and increased feelings of worry, anxiety and depression.Here are some tips to help relieve stress:

  1. Remember to breathe. …
  2. Eat, sleep and exercise well. …
  3. Set realistic goals. …
  4. Don’t go it alone. …
  5. Pace yourself through panic. …
  6. Believe in yourself. …
  7. If you feel like you are struggling, talk to someone.

Additionally, hypnotherapy can also help reduce exam stress by learning to control your response to the stress, providing the tools you need to feel calmer and the ability to use stress to your advantage.

Dorset based Hypnotherapist, Andy Cox of Assured Effects Hypnotherapy is available to chat with you about your concerns with a free 20 minute, no obligation telephone consultation. Call 07951 159111

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