Going through exams is one of the most stressful events – not only for students, but for anyone who is facing the pressure of passing an exam. It is, of course particulary common amongst students. The problem with exam pressure is that it jeopardizes your chances of doing well in the exam. When you are in a stressed state, your body goes into the fight, freeze or flight state. This state not only causes an increase in your heart rate and a flood of adrenaline and other stress chemicals to rush through your bloodstream; it also causes a reduction in the activity in your prefrontal cortex. Since the prefrontal cortex of your brain is where your cognitive thinking occurs, when you are in a state of stress, your ability to reason, use logic, problem-solve, remember information, communicate effectively and your intellectual capabilities are all affected by the fact that activity in this area is reduced when your body is in a stressed state.
The bottom line is that while you are feeling stressed about the exams, your ability to do well is hindered. This is one of the main reasons for getting yourself back into a calm and balanced state so that you can not only feel better, but so that you can also perform at your best level. The great news is: there is a way to get rid of exam pressure quickly and effectively – increasing your chances of doing well.
Getting Rid of Exam Pressure Permanently
Using FasterEFT will allow you to address the cause of the stress (and it’s not the exam!) and change it so that your feelings about the exams will change automatically. Although it may feel like it’s the exam that is causing you to feel pressured, the truth is: it is your core subconscious belief about the situation that is resulting in the stress you’re feeling.
Somewhere in your past your subconscious has interpreted certain experiences as proof that exam time is a threat. This means that as the time for exams grows closer, your subconscious prompts your brain to signal your body to trigger the emergency fight, freeze or flight state. In order to change the way you react to exams, you need to change the original record that your subconscious is referring to.
The Process for Changing the Original Record
Take a deep breath, close your eyes and think of the exams – or a particular exam. In fact, if you have an earlier memory of anxiety around exams, so much the better. Now think about any other times you’ve felt that same anxiety – it may have nothing to do with exams; it may be something completely different, but with the same feeling. Notice how it feels, and notice what’s happening in that memory. Notice where you feel the feeling in your body and how strong it is.
Using two fingers, gently tap the following meridian points while focusing on the feeling of your fingertips on your skin and saying the phrases.
– Between your eyebrows – “I release and let this go”
– Beside your eye – “It’s okay to let it go”
– Under your eye – “It’s safe to let this go now”
– Just below your collarbone – “I don’t need it anymore and I’m okay as I’m letting it go”
Grab your wrist, take a deep breath, blow it out and say “Peace”. Now, go to a peaceful memory – something that feels good – and enjoy the feeling of that memory for a moment.
Go back to the memory of the stress you focused on in Step One, and notice what’s different. Notice if the feeling has changed or moved position in your body. Notice if the intensity is different. Just notice what is left. Also notice any memory or thoughts that come to you – just notice them.
Repeat Steps Two through Four until you can no longer feel the bad feeling. Keep tapping until any bad feelings and thoughts have been replaced by good ones; and until any memories have flipped.
As you are tapping, you will notice that beliefs that relate to the feeling – the pressure and anxiety – you’re aiming at come up for you. These may be phrases you remember hearing as a child; they may be memories; they may be thoughts. They may be objections and arguments. Whatever they are, just notice them and tap them out. As you do this, you are changing those core subconscious beliefs.
To find out how you developed the problem of exam pressure read: The REAL Cause of All Your Problems.
For more guidance on how to use the FasterEFT process visit: Tips on Using FasterEFT.
To see others benefitting from the technique watch the videos in the FasterEFT in Action Playlist.