Talk to a Psychologist: Dealing with anxiety (II)

BY: Junior Graphic
Taking steps to breaths during exams can reduce anxiety disorders.

This is the concluding part of the article published last week on how youngsters can deal with anxiety in different situations.

In stressful situations, such as before and during an exam, the body releases a hormone called adrenaline.

This helps prepare the body to deal with what is about to happen and is commonly referred to as the "fight-or-flight" response. Essentially, this response prepares you to either stay and deal with the stress(fight) or escape the situation entirely(flight).

Dealing with Anxiety Disorders—Self-Care Practices.
Fortunately, there are steps that students can take to alleviate these unpleasant and oftentimes harmful symptoms.

By learning more about the possible causes of their test anxiety, students can begin to look for helpful solutions.
• Avoid the perfectionist trap.
• Banish the negative thoughts.
• Get enough sleep.
• Make sure you're prepared thoroughly.
• Take deep breaths during examinations.
• Prepare all test related materials before each paper. Eg. Math set, calculator, pens etc

Hygiene (general and personal) should never be taken for granted as these help boost our self-esteem and confidence; nutrition (type and quality of food eaten) eat healthy and incorporate more fruits and vegetables as well as protein foods; lifestyle (engaging in sporting activities, leisure activities with other colleagues, group studies etc.); environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc), if there are specific situations or behaviours that cause anxiety, please try and avoid them, or seek help.

Try the points below and you would be fine.
• Getting enough sleep
• Eating healthy foods
• Keeping a regular daily schedule
• Getting out of the house every day.
• Exercising every day. Even a little bit of exercise, such as a 15-minute walk, can help.
• Stay away from alcohol and street drugs.
• Talk with family or friends when feeling nervous or frightened.
•Find out about different types of group activities available.

Learn to accept mistakes, connect your self-worth to the  outcome of the test. It's one test and your worthwhileness as a person is not dependent on grades.

All the best in dealing with your anxieties.

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