Whether young or old, we still all feel under stress when we have to take an exam.
As we approach the end of the school and university year, it doesn’t matter whether you’re taking your first set of formal exams, or have done this many times before, it is still all too easy for that sense of butterflies in the stomach to start when you turn over the test paper!
So, here are some quick and mindful tips from Modern Meditation to help you through exam stress.
“In, out, pause”. You can either sit and meditate for a while, eyes closed, doing this, or just take some time in the moments before you enter the exam room to calm yourself with this. Use it to take a short break from your revision too!
As you breathe in, just silently say the word “in” - as you breathe out, say to yourself “out”, and then silently say “pause” and just hold for a moment before you take your next breath.
Try and do this gently, without looking to control your breath, safe and certain in the knowledge that the next breath will come naturally. Your breath should slow and relax, along with the rest of your body.