Feeling stressed and anxious before sitting an important exam is normal. Many of us are afraid our memory will let us down, or we won’t have the right information we need to answer the questions correctly. That feeling often motivates us to revise more, and so can be quite helpful.
But for some people exam nerves can be overwhelming, and develop into a terror of the exam day, which can hinder performance, and cause a person to fail a major test, when outside test conditions they would have done well.
Clinical hypnotherapy is an excellent way to control exam nerves, by calming anxieties, and allowing a person to visualise every aspect of exam success. Clinical hypnotherapy for exam performance is suitable for children as young as eight years old.
Clinical hypnotherapy relaxes the mind as well as the body, and facilitates greater recall of information when it is required. Learning how to induce feelings of calm improves focus and concentration too. When cramming for exams, people often strive to retain as much information in their tired mind as possible, just in case they need it, when the most useful attribute on the day would actually be a calm, organised, focussed brain.
For exams which require a physical or oral response, visualising every aspect of ones performance in advance, while in a hypnotic trance, allows for a full “dress rehearsal” of the big day, and creates new neural pathways for the eventual performance to progress without obstacle. Basically the person will already have done what is required, many times over, and will have repeatedly seen themselves succeed at the task, boosting self confidence and a positive expectation.
Hypnotherapy can also help with the insomnia which cramming for exams generally prompts. One session of hypnosis, including self hypnosis, is worth four hours of deep sleep, so clinical hypnotherapy can aid energy and concentration.
If you have a major test or exam looming, and you would like to know more about the benefits of visualisation and clinical hypnotherapy, do contact me. It could make all the difference!