Hypnotherapy as a Study Aid

Anxiety and stress can affect anyone at any time in their life.  There are all sorts of reasons for this – pressure at work, relationships, money and stress around studying and exams.

It’s not just young people who suffer from exam stress

The exam season may be over for most schools and colleges but for many other people exams and studying do not end when they leave education.  Many people will have to undergo exam and test conditions this may be your driving test, both practical and theory, qualifications relating to your work, interviews or even studying done for pleasure.

Exam stress can affect anyone, however hard you prepare and study for them.  Worry about how well you do can lead to long term problems. These include difficulty sleeping which can lead to insomnia. As well as low self-esteem and lack of confidence which can sometimes lead to depression.

And it’s not just exams that can cause stress.  Many courses may not have exams or the exam is only a part of the overall mark.  Assignments can cause just as much stress as exams. 

What are the symptoms of exam stress?

Anxiety is a result from our response to danger which activates our fight or flight reaction.  When this happens our bodies send a rush of adrenaline though the body to ready us for action. Our energy is directed away from our vital organs and to our limbs so we can react with the correct response.  But as there is no real threat or danger this is counterproductive.  With our energy directed towards running or fighting the brain can seem befuddled and we do not have access to the information needed to recall information.

Some stress is good for us when we have important things like exams or an assignment deadline coming up. A mild adrenaline surge ensures we prepare and are ready. But excessive stress can work against us if we find we cannot concentrate or go to pieces before or during exams. 

Some people experience physical symptoms including the following:

  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • Sweaty palms
  • Lack of concentration
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Incessant worry
  • Mind goes blank

How I can help with hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has been shown to help many people who suffer with anxiety and stress.*  It works by helping you find ways to deal with the anxiety specifically around studying, writing assignments and exams.  If you can control your nerves, then you will be less likely to be overwhelmed by fear and will be able to perform at your best.

exam stress clevedonThe treatment will usually include between 3 and 4 session depending on the person. During these sessions I will teach you self-hypnosis which will help you clear your mind and access the information in your head. 

I will help build up your self-confidence to increase your self-esteem and feelings of worth. This way you will be empowered to believe that you are capable of passing exam improving your chance of doing so. This may include visualisations –  imagining yourself passing the exam can help you make it a reality.

These sessions aim to help release the cycle of negative thinking which results in anxiety and create new positive habits.*

This is particularly good for mature students who have been away from studying for some time and would like to get back into the rhythm.

Tips to help with studying

There are a number of things you can do to help yourself if you find that nerves are getting the better of you when you have an exam or test coming up.

  • Take a break. Most people can only concentrate on studying for a short time so make sure you take a break. This should be at least every hour or whenever you feel your concentration straying. Make sure you get away from your desk or wherever you are studying. Go for a walk, or just into another room, or away from your revision. Just make sure you take a proper break from what you are doing.
  • Meditation is a good way of relaxing your brain and learning to switch off. Visualise yourself passing your exams. See how happy you are and feel the joy.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Go to bed at a reasonable time avoiding stimulants such as coffee and alcohol and do not watch the TV or look at your phone whilst in bed.
  • Work when most productive. It is advantageous to work when you are most alert and able to take in information. Plan your studying around these times and your breaks when you are less alert. As well as working to a time that suits you best find the best environment. Some people need total silence to concentrate and others work best with music in the background. 
  • Eat well and stay hydrated. Make sure you drink enough water. Dehydration makes you feel lethargic and lead to headaches which is not good for studying. If you are not eating properly and keeping up your energy levels, you may experience energy spikes which will impact on your mental ability.

    For further information on coping with exam stress take a look at my webpage on Relieving Exam Nerves with Hypnotherapy.

    If you need help with studying please phone me on 0770 235 2363 or 01275 873362 for an informal chat and for more information on how I can help you. I am based in the Clevedon area and also offer some home visits.

    I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours on working days.

    *Disclaimer.  Results cannot be guaranteed as this is a therapy and each person is unique. All I can promise is that I will do my best to help you.

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