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How to Deal with Exam Anxiety – Part 2

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

 

Introduction

We now continue with our series looking at ways in which to cope and overcome anxiety, particularly when it comes to taking examinations.

You can read our previous post on this by clicking here.

 

Avoid negativity

A major cause of stress or anxiety comes from constantly exposing ourselves to negative information (or negative people!).

It may be a good idea to avoid the news for a bit, as there always seem to be a flood of horrible things to watch on tv.

Additionally, it may also be wise to completely avoid those negative persons who are always quick to say why things can’t be done or accomplished.

Just stick to the positive and encouraging persons. Your life will be better for it.

 

Talk about it

We have to make this point abundantly clear. There is nothing wrong with talking about the problem with others, especially professionals.

There are individuals trained and equipped to handle these sorts of things and can help you with the root causes of stress and anxiety.

Of course, you can speak with a good friend or relative about this, but be careful in choosing someone who you trust, a great listener and may have gone through this before.

 

Avoid stimulants

Consuming alcohol or taking pills is typically not the way to go. These may cause some temporary relief but they do not solve the underlying problems.

Additionally, many of the stimulants may provide some type of ‘rush’ momentarily but there’s normally a crash around the corner.

Try to get into the habit of doing things naturally and in a healthy manner (i.e., avoid short-cuts).

Of course, if these are prescribed by your doctor, then you should follow the given professional advice.

 

Adopt a pet

Yes, you read that correctly. Having a pet can be a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the time.

Some will go for dogs, others will go for cats and even more will go somewhere in-between.

Whatever the pet you select, just let go and enjoy your time with him or her.

 

Change your meals

A nice way to get back on track (both mentally and physically) is to try a different meal plan.

Are you accustomed to fast-foods or sugary drinks? Well, it may be time to change your diet!

Have you heard the saying “you are what you eat”? We think there’s a lot of truth to that old saying, especially living in this fast-paced world of ours.

Go for boiled or baked chicken instead of the fried ones.

Try plain white-rice or baked potatoes instead of fried rice or butter-filled mashed potatoes.

And of course, always go for pure water instead of sodas.

 

In closing

Again, these are just a few things you could try in order to get things rolling in the right direction again.

Try each suggestion above over the course of a month or two and tell us what you think.

 

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