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Examination Stress/ Facing Interviews

Stress is the body's response to any unpleasant situation. Anything can cause stress as long as it is perceived as unpleasant.

Stress comes in many forms and is unavoidable in life. A transient feeling of anxiety and stress is experienced by most people sometime in life. In the course of growing up, the feeling of anxiety is experienced and usually mastered by every child and adolescent. Anxiety may centre on certain issues or situations. A mild degree of anxiety and stress may actually be stimulating, as well as motivating, and may help in overcoming stress. On the contrary, a high level of stress may be disrupting.

The aim is to function with a level of stress that is life enhancing, not threatening.
Examinations and interviews definitely cause stress. Every child goes through such experiences and learns to deal with stress arising out of them. They also learn by imitating the parents or elders. Appearing for examinations is one of the most common situations, which an adolescent finds difficult to cope with. In the recent past, we in India have unfortunately heard of a number of cases of suicides or attempted suicides by students and even parents. These are an indicator of the enormous competition and stress the student's face in our educational system. These factors affect the parent's too. Right approach and right coping strategies may stimulate an adolescent to overcome anxiety and maximize ones own performance in examinations.

Common Physical reactions during exam preparations
  • Muscle tension
  • Indigestion
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Heavy heartbeat
  • Frequent urge to pass urine
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Chest discomfort
  • Change in appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Backache
  • Feeling under pressure, frustration and aggression
  • Feeling tense, inability to relax
  • Feeling mentally drained
  • Gloomy or suspicious, constantly frightened or irritable
  • Inability to concentrate.
Few Tips to Overcome Examination Anxiety
  1. Make a time table for a regular study or revision. Don't study at a stretch, take a break in between.
  2. Practice solving different sets of questions.
  3. Practice deep breathing and other relaxation techniques to improve concentration.
  4. Maintain normal routine of sleeping and eating.
  5. Eat a balanced diet.
  6. Seek help of the teachers and parents whenever required.
  7. Have self confidence, faith in yourself and prepare well.
  8. Do not panic and do not worry about your results. Give your best shot and move on.
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