Fight The Exam Stress

Our life always offers us to​ take different exams - some or​ other kinds of​ trials,​ where we have to​ prove our competence,​ our well being,​ our determination and our IQ. Student having to​ submit his philosophy term paper,​ surgeon operating for the​ first time,​ unemployed,​ who came for the​ interview to​ his potential employer – all of​ them have the​ symptoms of​ the​ exam stress. if​ you​ are a​ student,​ there is​ no need for me to​ explain what exam stress is. Sleepless nights,​ troubled thoughts,​ loss of​ appetite,​ rapid pulse,​ trembling hands - these are typical manifestations of​ exam fear. Recent research has shown that it​ affects all the​ systems of​ the​ human body: nervous,​ immune,​ cardiovascular,​ etc.

The scientists from Houston Medical School proved in​ the​ course of​ their research that exam fear increases the​ possibility of​ cancer. Unfortunately,​ the​ negative influence of​ this phenomenon on​ the​ students’ body and their psychology is​ underestimated nowadays. Social polls demonstrate that students perceive the​ exams as​ a​ “duel of​ questions and answers”,​ as​ a​ “severe torture” as​ “intellectual and emotional overload”. Writing term papers (e. g psychology term paper) most of​ them compare with “killing their time“. Yes,​ exams are important for you​ as​ their results influence your social status,​ your self –esteem,​ grants,​ your further perspectives of​ study and probably your future professional career. Such factors as​ long awaiting of​ the​ exam,​ some uncertainty when taking your exam card ( it​ is​ like sink or​ swim ) and tough limit of​ time for your preparation maximize emotional tension. Some foreign and native scientists,​ having studied this area thoroughly have concluded that from psycho hygienic position exams are undesirable and they should be cancelled.

At the​ same time there is​ quite opposite point of​ view,​ stating that exams stimulate brain activity and increase cognitive and mental activity. American psychologist Sarazon determined that those students who are afraid of​ exam can considerably improve their achievements and even outdo those who are not scared of​ them. the​ only necessary thing for it​ – is​ the​ encouraging attitude of​ the​ professors – they should strengthen students’ self-confidence. Surely,​ praise must prevail over scolding. Only then the​ exams are useful. Every person has own optimal level of​ worry and anxiety,​ which helps him/ her to​ achieve the​ best results. you​ must learn how to​ control your stress and extra anxiety to​ graduate from the​ university as​ a​ healthy person. I hope that these small tips will be of​ practical help to​ you​ and you​ will forget what exam stress is​ in​ the​ negative meaning of​ the​ word.

If exams cause great worry,​ if​ you​ have some symptoms of​ exam stress (insomnia,​ rapid pulse,​ hands trembling and so on) you​ ought to​ do something about it. Use breath meditations,​ repeat formulas of​ autosuggestion,​ imagine the​ picture of​ ideal exam atmosphere. you​ also should take three relaxing sessions and reduce the​ level of​ stressful tension (a day before the​ exam,​ before leaving home for university and half an​ hour before the​ exam).

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