Published: 18th February 2019
Here are the five signs of exam stress that you must not ignore
Now that the exam season is around the corner, watch out for these signs of exams stress. Also, here's how you can cope up
Anxiety: Exam anxiety is the experience of feeling an intense moment of fear before and/or during an exam or assessment. If students experience high levels of anxiety before an exam, they should engage in self-care strategies during this time by keeping an eye on their nutrition, exercise, getting enough sleep and implementing a few relaxation routines.
Lack of concentration: It is often a concern that students will not be able to maintain their concentration for the duration of the exam. Concentrating on one subject for a prolonged period of time can be difficult, particularly when it is required exam after exam after exam. Learn to turn a blind eye to distractions because when you know you have to sit still and concentrate on one task for an extended period, it is easy to find reasons to be distracted. Keep your blood flowing by taking short walks. If you are seated at a desk for an extended period of time, gravity will cause blood to pool in the lower half of your body and will not push enough oxygen to your brain, where it helps improve concentration.
Inability to sleep: Lack of sleep creates disturbances in a person's daily routine. Most of the students are in the clutch of this problem. Most students shorten their sleep duration so that they can dedicate more time for studies. On the contrary, reducing time for sleep results in dizziness and uneasiness, thus affecting the course of studies. Fix a sleep time and an awakening time. Do not allow your sleep time and awakening time to drift. Avoid long naps during the day. A quick one might prove helpful to freshen you up, but a long one might prevent you from sleeping on time at night.
Migraines or headaches: Exams can be a traumatic time for students. The pressure of exams can be so overwhelming for students that it starts to affect their health. Headaches have become a regular occurrence for students around this time of year and many of them feel vulnerable when dealing with this problem.
Panic attacks: A panic attack is an experience of acute anxiety. Panic attacks come unexpectedly and if you do not know what is happening, you may think you are going crazy or worse, having a heart attack. Although panic attacks can be very frightening, they are not actually harmful. What happens in your body is a response to, not the cause of, a sudden, excessive amount of adrenaline and other hormones in your bloodstream. If you wait, the symptoms subside and you will return to normal. As this can take up to a few minutes, most people find it difficult to wait it out.