Stress is an underlying cause of many symptoms of anxiety, including test anxiety. Unfortunately, stress is also an all-too-common aspect of modern life.
Benefits of Reducing Stress
Reducing stress in your life as a whole will also help reduce the stress-related symptoms of test anxiety. Suffering from stress in other parts of your life will adversely affect your ability to focus during your study sessions and to recall what you have studied. No matter what the root cause of your stress, it will affect everything else you try to do.
In addition to helping you overcome test anxiety, reducing stress is also a positive step for your overall health. Reduced stress can help lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and help you feel better and more in control overall.
Stress, Test Anxiety and Success on Exams (pdf)
Ways to Reduce Stress
There are several ways to reduce stress. These include:
- Taking time for yourself
- Removing stressors from your life where possible
Daily exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. Exercise produces chemicals in your body that help you deal with stress more effectively and can also help counteract the effects of stress on your immune system. Such exercise as yoga or martial arts, which incorporate a meditative element along with challenging your body, can have an even more profound effect.
Removing stressors from your life is also highly effective. However, this is not always possible, since common stressors include one’s job and family. Rather than completely remove the stressors, find ways to reduce their stressful effects. This could involve asking your boss for a schedule change during testing periods or talking to your family about giving you time to spend on your studies.
With the overall stress in your life reduced, you will find test anxiety to be less of a problem and can face your exam with confidence and clarity.