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10 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before Exams


— December 10, 2019

If the whole body has suffered from stress, two things will help: either energetic physical activity or, on the contrary, lie down and relax (if you know how to relax). Sitting and worrying is a waste of time.


Exams can be real trouble for many students. The issue of stress relief during exams is relevant almost all the time. Proven methods will help reduce anxiety that prevents you from completing your homework correctly and thus drives you to order your sociology papers or other types of assignments from services like GPALAbs. Check out ten ways to calm your nerves and pass your exams easily! 

  1. Stop spiraling, thinking of possible failure as the end of the world. Better think about the worst that can happen if the exam is not passed. Most likely, the consequences of failure are not as fatal as it seems. In such cases, such motto is good: “Everything is going to be okay.”
  2. So that you do not worry about whether you have time to learn everything before the exam, make a plan for preparing for the exam, and follow it. Firstly, you will clearly see your real successes and feel that you are keeping the situation under control. And secondly, such a system protects against procrastination.
  3. If you have a sleep disturbance due to emotional distress and mental stress, take a mild sedative. A couple of tablets of catnip will be a good decision before the exam. The main thing is not to overdo it with the dose – otherwise, you risk being too sleepy to deal with a task successfully. 
  4. Make cheat sheets. Of course, we do not encourage you to cheat during the exam. But the presence of finely scribbled paper in the pocket/sleeve/boot gives confidence that if something is forgotten at a critical moment, then you know where to search. In addition, in the process of writing cheat sheets, you refresh and systematize your knowledge.
  5. Distract yourself from stress with the help of a physical activity. Even a few minutes spent waving your arms and legs will allow you to give your brain a little rest. It’s great if there is a punching bag or just a pillow – let yourself beat it up hard, feel like a winner, able to cope with any difficulties, not just with an exam.
  6. Give yourself a massage – even a few soothing tricks can relieve stress and fatigue. For example, with your fingertips massage your forehead and eyebrows, gradually heading towards your temples. With light tapping movements, massage closed eyelids, relaxing your eyes. Run your hands several times through the hair from the forehead to the top of your head. Finally, massage the auricles.
  7. Prepare in advance everything that can be useful on the day of the exam – clothes, a bag, a chocolate bar to cheer you up – so that at the last moment you do not have to
    Bowl with pieces of chocolate bar; image by Charisse Kenion, via Unsplash.com.
    Bowl with pieces of chocolate bar; image by Charisse Kenion, via Unsplash.com.

    look for an ironed shirt, or something else. In this way, you will be calmer, knowing that you are going to the exam in full readiness, without forgetting anything important.

  8. If possible, take a shower. Flowing water perfectly relieves physical and nervous tension. Or at least moisten your face to cool emotions when there is no time for a shower.
  9. Do not forget to bring a bottle of water to the class with you – a few sips will help to cope with a dry throat and trembling hands at a crucial moment.
  10. 10. A quick way to reduce the degree of nervous excitement is breathing exercises. Teach yourself to inhale slowly and deeply, straightening your chest and counting to five, and then exhale to the count of ten until you feel better. The measured actions and saturation of the brain with oxygen will help to overcome even a panic attack.

Unfortunately, there are circumstances in everyday life that affect our calmness before the exam. For example, if you started to argue with someone, you will not always have the ability to calm down in time. But changing the topic of conversation is easier. And leaving the room under any pretext (or even just leaving) is much easier and more efficient. We are affected by the condition of the people around us – calm people calm us down, agitated people – excite us. If you want to calm down, you can simply change the environment to a more suitable one for you. Another great way is to start reassuring someone who is worried near you. Your words may not be convincing for him, but they affect you well. You will calm yourself.

If the whole body has suffered from stress, two things will help: either energetic physical activity or, on the contrary, lie down and relax (if you know how to relax). Sitting and worrying is a waste of time. Go for a walk outside, or lie down and relax.

If you can’t cope on your own, despite all the efforts made, and stress comes to you, you should contact a specialist who, even in a short time, can significantly improve the situation and teach you methods of self-control.

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