Ways to de-stress during exams
A THIN line exists between ‘psyched up’ and ‘psyched out’ and optimal performance occurs right in the middle of the two extremes. Normally, a person’s state of mind is between ‘euphoria and depression’, ‘boredom and excitement’ and ‘relaxation and anxiety’.
What are the thoughts that go through your mind before an important exam? The question may be crucial to your results. The subconscious happens to be the control-centre of all movements and works like a computer. It is constantly programmed by thoughts, words and statements you choose. The best way to overcome negative thoughts is to refocus the mind on something positive before the exam.
Uncertainty can cause high
levels of stress. The cause of uncertainty can be either not knowing
whether you’ll be performing because terms aren’t announced until
just before a performance or even vague or inconsistent instructions.
Sometimes the mind gets stuck on small problems and they result in a bad performance. It is not the obstacles that are important, it is how you treat these that makes all the difference. As soon as you take your mind off the ‘negative’, it won’t bother you again.
Sometimes even after working hard for weeks, you can’t set a pace during the exams.
This is due to the pressure of the occasion. This pressure is so powerful that it can make your thinking ‘foggy’ and throw all ‘rational thought’ out of the window. If you prefer to follow an exact gameplan, then visualise this and get the mental programme working ‘automatically’ in your mind and body before your exam.
Change your attitude
Strive for perspective. Ask yourself. "How important will this seem in a week, month, a year, 20 years?" Remember, it is not events themselves that are stressful but your perception of the events and what you do about them. Find the hidden opportunities that lie within problems.
Use positive self-talk instead of putting yourself down. Be kind and forgiving with yourself. Be flexible.