How to deal with exam related stress
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON
How do I deal with exam related stress?
Recognize your negative thoughts. Once you closely examine these thoughts
you'll see how unrealistic they are. Challenge the thoughts that say you are a
failure and that you can't succeed. Remind yourself that it was just another
exam and with effort, you will do better in your next attempt.
What if I do badly?
Replace self-criticism with self-correction. Judging yourself harshly now
won't help you do better in the future. Take the position of an observer. What
if a good friend told you he had failed? Would you call him a failure? Most
probably you would emphasize his good points and help him put the situation in
How do I deal with my family's disappointment if my results are not good?
Be open and honest with them. Share what you feel about the result and what
you think went wrong. Reassure them of your concern and efforts. Above all, do
not have a negative bias against your parents because sometimes they need more
reassuring than you do.
What if I don't get the marks I'm expecting?
Concentrate on your achievements and be realistic about your expectations as
well. Usually we know when we have made a mistake, so take these into account
while drawing up expected marks. If you are still dissatisfied with the results,
the option of rechecking is always open. We have heard of irregularities in the
What if my marks are adversely affected?
Have faith in the system. There will always be rumours about unfair
checking, but one cannot ignore the fact that results over all these years have
more often than not, been fair. I think there is too much pressure and I can't
cope with it. Take professional help. If you feel that there is pressure and you
are unable to handle it and your self-esteem is coming down and you are unable
to cope, then you must consult a psychiatrist to help you tide over this phase.
Everyone tells me to concentrate on my studies. Don't stop enjoying life. One of
the common mistakes an individual makes is to totally change his lifestyle. This
is under the assumption that if he isolates himself from all leisure and fun
times with friends and family and only study, then he will do better.
How much sleep is required?
The human body requires an average of 8 hours of sleep per day. But there is
no hard and fast rule. Each one of us has to understand our body rhythm and know
by trial and error how many hours of sleep keeps us fit.
What happens if we sleep less than what our body requires?
If you sleep less for a day or two your body copes up by taking more sleep
over next two days. If continued for long then the body gets into what is known
as sleep deprivation syndrome because it accumulates so many hours of Sleep
Debt. Then you get symptoms of feeling tired and sleepy, headaches, body aches,
poor digestion, inability to concentrate, irritability, short tempered ness etc.
I study in the morning or at night?
First understand whether you are an owl or a lark. IF you can get up early
in the morning and feel fresh then you must sleep early and get up early and
study. If on the other hand you can study late at night but cannot feel fresh
when you get up early to study then you must sleep late after studying and get
up later in the morning.
How do you get a good night sleep?
Try to keep a fixed time every night for sleeping as far as possible. Avoid
afternoon prolonged sleeping, a short nap may be helpful. One hour before
bed-time avoid stimulating your sensory system by too much noise like loud
music, too much TV, arguments or fights. Three hours before sleep time avoid
taking any food or liquids, which contain caffeine, like aerated coal drinks,
drinks containing chocolate.
To keep awake for studying students drink lots of coffee. What is
Caffeine in small doses acts as a stimulant and keeps you awake, so a cup
once a day may be Ok. Excessive coffee drinking gives side effects like tremors,
fast pule rate, irritability, acidity and stomach pain. Coffee also causes
Why exercise during exam time?
Most children will say they have no time for exercise during exam days. They
are already stressed out with lack of time, how can they waste time in exercise?
The fact is that exercise is all the more necessary during exam time because not
only is it a “stress buster “ but also has many other health benefits needed to
keep fit during exam.
How does exercise help you mentally?
Regular aerobic exercise releases some good chemicals in our body. These are
called endorphins. These make you feel happy. They counter the effects of
stress, depression and anxiety that all students suffer from during exam time.
So after exercising you get a “Natural kick” which is longer lasting and safe
unlike drugs or stimulants like caffeine. It also helps you in weight loss and
that will make you feel good about your self.
What are long-term benefits of exercise?
Regular exercise will not only help you during exam but later in life you will
have longer life and less risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attacks,
diabetes, cancer and mental depression.
Why do adolescents feel hungry all the time?
The body demands more calories during adolescence. Boys require about 2800
calories and girls about 2200 per day. Teens who are big and tall and
participate in lot of physical quire more.
DO NOT MISS BREAKFAST If you miss
breakfast then by the time you have lunch nearly 10 -12 hours have gone by after
your last meal. This means your blood sugar level has gone and you have nothing
to provide your body with energy. This low blood sugar or hypoglycemia causes
short-term memory problems, difficulty in concentration problem solving.
DO NOT HAVE A VERY HEAVY DINNER You will
feel very heavy and sleepy and will not be able to study well.