Overcoming Test Anxiety
What symptoms do you experience when getting ready to take a test?
Testing Anxiety Impacts You Physically, Emotionally, Behaviorally, And Cognitively
You experience test anxiety because your brain perceives the test as a threat.
A threat triggers a biological process,
- brain shuts down.
- hormones are released
- heart rate increases & breathing changes
- you run away or stay and fight, or freeze
If the threat is a tiger, the hormonal flooding might be helpful. However, it is an inappropriate response in test-taking situations and is causing you harm, because it shuts down your ability to think.
If you are experiencing anxiety symptoms - you want to re-engage your executive brain. Find a calming activity that works for you and practice using it.
- Breathe - 5 deep breaths, in and out.
- Focus on a calming thought or visual
- Slowly count to 10
- Touch a calming object like a bracelet
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