Exam Stress and Anxiety

Exam Stress and Anxiety

Exam StressMost of us know how stressful sitting exams can be, but any kind of assessment where the outcome affects your future can cause anxiety.

For example:

  • Exams
  • Practical assessments
  • Work presentations
  • Interviews

All of these types of situations can bring with them a certain amount of stress, anxiety and worry. However waiting for the exam results can be as nerve wracking, or even more so, than the initial assessment!

  • Stomach churning
  • Sleepless nights
  • Nightmares
  • Loss of or increase in appetite
  • Headaches, and or
  • Utter exhaustion

What comes with waiting is of course quite normal, however there are some things you can do to reduce stress during this time.

  • Talk to friends and family – they will help keep you grounded
  • Acknowledge your feelings – if you can’t talk about them write them in a journal
  • Be realistic – you may not achieve 100%, but, you are unlikely to have completely bombed either!

If your results are not what you were hoping for,

  • Have perspective – this is only one assessment and there will probably be others.
  • You are not your performance – this one assessment does not define you.
  • Explore other options – there may be another road you can take to get to the same destination.

If you find that you are having difficulty dealing with either the stress of waiting for results, or results that are less than you were hoping for, talking to your G.P. or a counsellor, therapist or psychologist may be helpful.

If you would like to speak with a counsellor in Perth, you are welcome to contact Vision Counselling and Psychology on 1300 184 746 or you can book an appointment online today.

Article Title: Exam Stress and Anxiety
Article By: Vision Counselling and Psychology, Perth Western Australia
Web Address: www.visioncounselling.com.au
Published: 19/11/2014
 
Headsup.ie,“Coping with the stress of exam results”, Available:http://www.headsup.ie/examresultsfactsheet.php (Accessed: 2014, November 18)
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