It’s extremely common for most students to feel jittery and slightly nervous before an important exam. In fact, it is one of the most natural responses to feel nervous and a sort of pressure before an exam (if you truly are serious about it and want it to go well). This sort of pressure is a good pressure and helps in an optimal exam performance. However, if the magnitude of this pressure/anxiety is so much that you begin feeling overwhelmed and despite efforts can’t deal with it, it can be a sign that you are having 'Exam Anxiety.'
What Exactly Is Exam Anxiety?
Exam anxiety is a type of performance anxiety. Those who suffer from this condition, feel a strong fear of failure. This fear could result in symptoms that actually come in the way of performing at the optimal level in the exam, irrespective of how well prepared the person is for the exam.
Some signs of exam anxiety could include a feeling of extreme worry and dread, excessive sweating, fast beating of the heart, fainting and nausea or a phase of depression. If you happen to see any of this happening to you, it may be a hint towards an underlying mental health issue called exam anxiety that you need to address first, in order to give your best performance.
For someone suffering from this condition, taking the exam can become the most difficult part of the equation, as against learning and preparing thoroughly.
What Are Some Simple Ways To Cope With Exam Anxiety?
1. Prepare Well
2. Learn Some Relaxation Techniques
3. Give Importance To Right Nutrition
4. Don’t Compromise On Sleep
Follow these simple tips and that exam anxiety will certainly come down. However, if you still find yourself at sea and feel that the guidance and support of a professional can help better, don’t hesitate and instead Connect with a Counsellor now!