Weight on your chest.
MIND goes BLANK.
Sound familiar? Anxiety for many students is the reason for their underperformance. It's understandable with all of the pressures to get into "THE" college, participate in just the "right" activities, have the "best" grades while also handling a job. Stress and anxiety for students are at all time highs and research shows us that they lack the tools to manage.
In my Academic Life Coaching practice, helping students manage their anxiety is a large part of what I do. When we begin to tease out WHY they are struggling with assignments, tests, beginning projects, managing time, anxiety is the culprit lurking in the shadows like a dark mist they don't even know is there. It infiltrates their thoughts and their ability to breathe properly which is catastrophic.
Here is an easy, discrete tool that I recommend for students dealing with not only test anxiety but overall performance anxiety.
Breath is life. Take some time to focus on your breathing, not just during stressful times, but throughout your day. Be mindful of your breath. Over time, your breathing will remain in a calm zone even during stressful times.
What works for you when you are stressed during a test or performance? I'd love to know. Shoot me an email or comment on this post.
*****If you're looking for more easy ways to help manage stress and perform at your personal best, check out my time management tools for students, online course.