How to Deal with Exam Anxiety – Part 1

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Are you feeling nervous or anxious about your upcoming FRM exams? Well, you are not alone!

The good thing to know is that many students around the world experience such feelings prior to walking in the test room.

The great thing to know is that there are techniques out there that can really help you to overcome these negative feelings.

Read on for some of our suggestions:



Exercising (regularly) is one of the best things you can do to reverse that stressful tension surrounding your mind and body.

Although it sounds a bit counter-intuitive, the fact is that putting your body to work will help your mental state.

Regularly exercising will lower the hormone levels that are responsible for stress and simultaneously increase those chemicals in the body that are responsible for improving your mood.



We cannot over-emphasize this point. Having a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for a well-functioning mind and body.

Adequate rest can help improve your mood, memory, heath recovery and a whole bunch of other things.

And guess what…regularly exercising will actually help improve the quality of your sleep! It’s all connected my friends.



Some persons will face the onset of stress simply because they are living a disorganized life.

We advise you to get a journal (digital or physical) and start putting things into perspective.

Write out those things are high-priority, low-priority and those that fall in-between.

Next figure out those items that need to be done sooner and those that can wait.

Life your life on a schedule. From the minute you get up to the minute you go to bed.

You will be surprised how much at-ease you will become once you put everything down on a paper (or screen).



It sounds crazy that we have listed this one, yes? Obviously, we have to breathe in order to live, right?

But it’s the type of breathing that can make a difference!

Regularly practicing deep breathing techniques can activate those internal chemicals which can promote relaxation and calmness.

Try sitting in a quiet spot (possibly in a dark room in the house), close your eyes and take deep breaths through your nostrils.

Do not think of anything but peace and being calm. Try it and you might be surprised.


Take a break

In this fast-paced world, we sometimes forget to slow down and un-wind.

It is important that you spend some time with family and friends.

Relax and laugh.

There’s nothing wrong with ignoring the clock and putting up your feet every now-and-again.


In closing

There is no reason to feel ashamed about being nervous as a result of your exams coming up.

The great thing is that many have successfully gone through it and there are numerous things you can do to get back on track!

Try some of the above suggestions and tell us what you think.


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