Posted on 12 June 2017
I always know when exam season is in full swing as my anxiety hypnosis clinic in Henley on Thames fills up with students and their parents suffering from extreme anxiety. Often this can result in physical problems, such as stomach upsets and headaches, insomnia, lack of appetite, and I see some cases where the anxiety can be so severe that depression or even suicidal thoughts can set in. So I was not surprised to hear that Childline is reporting an increase in calls about exam stress.
Exam anxiety can have a real effect on results. A research study found that there was an eight percent variance in exam results where someone reported severe anxiety. That is huge and makes me think what a waste of talent is out there because of this anxiety epidemic.
I would advise everyone affected to start planning early. There are a number of techniques I can teach you to help you keep calm and focused during an exam, but it is more important to work with and positively change the root cause of the exam anxiety in advance rather than relying on self-help techniques on the day.
I can also help you to remember clearly and perform at your best. You might like to take a look at this site from the BBC, which is packed full of common sense advice to help you through exam season.
I find so many of my clients have got into a mind-set where their whole sense of worth as a person is bound up with passing an exam. I do not want to dismiss the importance of exams, for better or for worse our careers and prospects can depend on getting good grades, but I do want to get some balance. Exams (and indeed careers) are a big part of life but so are relationships, enjoying life and just being alive.
If you come to see me for exam anxiety I will work with you to get to the root of why you are feeling like this. It may be that something in your history has made you feel that you are not worthwhile in your own right, or you are not good enough. It may be that your experiences in earlier life have lead you to develop a belief system where you believe, at a subconscious level that your worth and happiness stems from external recognition rather than internal strength.
Using cognitive hypnotherapy I can help you to change those beliefs and deep-rooted assumptions to beliefs and an attitude to life which is more helpful and useful to you now and in the long term. With that firm foundation you can fly and reach your full potential.
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