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Exam Jitters: Tips and Techniques on How To Cope With Exam-Related Stress

A little bit of stress can sometimes be a good thing because it can be a source of motivation for you to work hard and go an extra mile. However, there are also times when exam stress can get out of hand and become a hindrance from doing your best. The long-term effects of stress may vary for every individual but it is important to understand and learn how to manage it, especially on the day when you find out that you have not achieved the grades you were expecting. It is never easy to cope with negative emotions, thoughts and perception but there are ways by which you can effectively manage stress.

One of the most powerful ways to cope with physical discomfort like palpitations, muscle tension, fatigue and the like, caused by stress is by taking deep breaths to calm the sensations in the body and acknowledging that these are natural responses of your body that will just soon pass. This practice of mindfulness is effective when it comes to reducing stress.

It is important for students to take time to pause and reflect on the things that may have gone wrong with the exam results and the things that they can do moving forward. There can be many contributory factors that could have influenced a student's poor performance in an exam and it is crucial that these things are recognized.

These personal reflections and conversations with an objective listener can be very helpful because talking about your feelings and knowing that you are not alone in that situation can help you develop coping mechanisms and techniques to deal with whatever life throws at you. Honest evaluations of the present events in your life can help you examine your current situation and take actions based on your on your own strengths and passion.

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