LEARN TO HANDLE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS WITH EASE
Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can’t see any way of finding relief except through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was an alternative to committing suicide, but they just can’t see one. Some students have discovered other mechanisms to deal with the pressure, like running away from home or simply refusing to appear for exams.
If you are a student, there is no need for me to explain what exam stress is. Sleepless nights, troubled thoughts, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, trembling hands – these are typical manifestations of exam fear. Recent research has shown that it affects all the systems of the human body: nervous, immune, cardiovascular, etc. Unfortunately, the negative influence of this phenomenon on the students’ body and their psychology is underestimated nowadays. Social polls demonstrate that students perceive the exams as a “duel of questions and answers”, as a “severe torture” as “intellectual and emotional overload”.
Here are a few tips that may help you reduce the exam stress:
Believe in yourself.
You are capable of passing the exam. You wouldn’t have been given a place in the class or on the course if you didn’t have the ability to do it.
Don’t just worry – take action!
If you don’t understand some of your course material, getting stressed out won’t help. Instead, take action by seeing your course tutor or asking your class mates to help you understand the problem.
Don’t put yourself under too much pressure
Aim to do your best but recognise that if you think that “anything less than A+ means I’ve failed” then you are creating unnecessary stress for yourself.
Take a break !
As soon as you notice you are losing concentration, take a short break – go for a walk, talk to a friend or just listen to some music. Then you will feel refreshed and able to concentrate on your revision again.
On the Exam Day:
Try to avoid panic.
It’s natural to feel some exam nerves prior to starting the exam and that can be a positive and motivating feeling. However,getting excessively nervous is counterproductive as it hinders your ability to think clearly.
The quickest and most effective way of eliminating feelings of stress and panic is to close your eyes and take several long, slow deep breaths. Breathing in this way calms your whole nervous system.
Guys and Girls, after the exam is over , Don’t spend time focussing where you think you went wrong. Often we are our own harshest critics. Congratulate yourself for the things you did right, learn from the bits where you know you
Suicide is not a solution
Students – Please Don’t kill yourself or even think of attempting suicide. If the exam result is not as per your expectation, Don’t worry … It is not the end of the world. There are many other career alternatives which may suit you better. I know a lot of people who were not good at studies in school or college, but have done really very well in their lives.
How to De-stress ?
- Don’t question yourself
Stop questioning yourself unnecessarily. Take life as it comes. Think positive. We all are not good at everything but we are good at something. Count your blessings.
Meditation is a good way to keep away stress. Meditation releases good hormones which helps us to keep positive.
- Go for a walk
Refresh your mind. Go for a stroll with your loved ones. Someone who is positive. And you can talk to.
- Eat well
If you don’t eat well you can get stressed. Try to eat healthy. There is certain food that relieves anxiety.
- Sleep well
Insomnia is a common cause of stress. Try to take eight hours sleep to relax physically and mentally.
- Exercise daily
Exercise keeps us mentally and physically fit. It distresses our mind. It helps to maintain a healthy body. A healthy mind always stays in a healthy body.
- Limit caffeine
The intake of caffeine in any form increases stress. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
Laughter is indeed the best medicine. It is the best destresser. Laugh your worries out. Live in the present without worrying about the future.
- Divert your mind
Don’t keep thinking about the result. Watch a movie. Read a book. Simply think about anything but the thing that is bothering you.
Talk to a friend or anyone you like. The person should be positive and should be able to guide you. You should be comfortable with the person. While talking you can express your worries and the person can help you solve it.
- Get distracted
If your mind starts thinking about the result you have to distract it by reading or going out.
- Do something you enjoy
If you like to play a sport, you must pursue it. You will feel good and relaxed.
- Don’t stay alone
Try to spend time with your friends or family. You can also play with your pet.
Go to a public place like a park where you can watch others.
- Stay in a positive company
Company does matter. People who keep reminding you of your worries should be avoided. Always stay with people who make you laugh.
- Drink lots of water
Dehydration also leads to stress. Try drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water every day. Dehydration doest cause anxiety but has proven to increase it.
Rehearse the moments you are afraid of again and again. You will become used to it and it won’t be so shocking. Try to face the challenge.
- Maintain a diary of good entry
Write down all the good things that have happened. Note it down in a dairy. When you are feeling low, simply take out this diary and read these good things. It will make you feel happy because examination is not an end but a means to success.