As I am focusing in Mental Health Week and given the time of year I do not feel I can ignore the issue of stress caused by exams, as many people start to revise (or cram) for those oh-so-important examinations this summer.
Thousands of people up and down the country will be taking an exam of some sort during the late spring and early summer. Other than the obvious (GCSEs, A levels, and Degrees) there are many people taking exams leading to professional qualifications, and many rely on a good pass grade to obtain a place at university or college, a professional qualification leading to employment, or even being able to KEEP their job. All very stressful and, although most of us get through exams without too much difficulty in the end, there are a significant number of us for whom the pressure can become too much, leading to poor results, or being physically unable to participate in the actual exams resulting in associated negative outcomes.
It is completely normal, and in some ways a positive thing, to feel some anxiety around preparing for and taking exams, just as it can be with other important events in life. A little bit of anxiety, that ‘nervous tension’, can actually act as a motivator and can help the person to focus their attention, keeping the mind alert. However, exam stress becomes a problem when it reaches a level where it interferes with the ability to prepare for and perform in exams. Too high an anxiety level interferes with clear, coherent, and creative thinking and can also create a negative mindset, which in turn can lead to panic.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a modern research-based combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy, which promotes relaxation and helps clients to make beneficial lifestyle changes. Hypnotherapy is a great way to reduce stress and create new positive study habits. It can help during study periods and also help on the day of the exam itself because you are feeling more in control and relaxed. It can also improve and restore confidence and the motivation to succeed.
Having worked with students going through exams recently and having just confirmed a student based workshop for Bath University, I have found that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for anyone taking exams, but find that students who have been away from study for some time can be especially prone to stress and could benefit greatly from Hypnotherapy to get back into the rhythm and discipline of studying.
As a someone who signs her self up for course after course and a perpetual student, having worked in a secondary school and University, as well as a member of the AfSFH, I am very enthusiastic about the efficacy of SFH in the management of examination stress. We are all aware that too much pressure can lead to stress and a range of physical and mental health problems. You don’t need this at any time, but especially when you need to be on top of your game and to get those grades!
Stress affects the way you think, feel, and behave, impacting every area of your life. Hypnotherapy offers powerful techniques and strategies to enable you to deal with exam stress and to help you think and behave in a more positive way which has many benefits prior to, during, and after those exams.
As a SF Hypnotherapist I encourage clients to focus on how they want things to be. I avoid problem-talk and instead help my clients to visualise their preferred future. By encouraging clients to think and express themselves positively, I can help to improve their outcomes.
If you feel you need to reduce exam stress, increase motivation or focus to ensure you get the best of yourself during this exam period you can now to book a free consultation from the Contact Us web page, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling direct on 07590 540074. Contact me now to benefit from my 20% introductory discount.
To find out more about the Association, visit www.afsfh.com