Test Anxiety

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Feeling a little nervous before a test is perfectly normal, however, the problem is when the anxiety begins to interfere negatively in our daily lives. The test anxiety is a  performance anxiety due to expectations about ourselves. It is related to the anxiety felt when confronted with a stage performance, having to speak in public or an interview.

This kind of anxiety can happen before the test if the discomfort occurs when studying or thinking about it or may arise during the test itself. Many times people suffer from both, as it becomes a cycle.

The effects of test anxiety can be physical, emotional or mental. Common physical symptoms, sometimes more mild or severe, can include gastrointestinal disturbances, headache, palpitations, tremors, excessive sweating, among others.

Mentally, who suffer from these anxiety, may have trouble to make decisions, speak, understand questions, think clearly or remember responses (also known as mental block). These reactions, along with the physical, can lead to people feeling frustrated, anxious, angry or defeated.

It is a reaction that feeds on the anticipation and concern about own performance. Many thoughts and feelings arise that accrue each other. Often these feelings are the ones that cause distress and the constant fear of losing control.

This kind of anxiety can become a real problem. That is why, it is a good advice, to control it, to feel prepared to meet the challenge and study enough. It has been shown that test anxiety is reduced if the person feels confident. Also, accepting the mistakes of the past is also a good start, this helps eliminate the pressure that over each new challenge.

On the other hand, do not let fear dominate you, do not avoid attending exams for fear of doing it wrong or be having a metal block. Recognizing emotions and feelings that this anxiety produces and let them flow, will automatically reduce stress.

Resting before a test is essential. In addition, prior to the exam, you should practice some relaxation and breathing exercises, this will soothe your body and relax your mind.

If you like more tips on how to control anxiety and even overcome it, I highly recommend  Panic Away program by Barry McDonagh, you can access it on the link in the right panel. We also invite you to visit our recommended sites, as they have excellent information about the different types of anxiety and its treatments.

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