Exam stress is a big problem for teenagers, who find themselves under an enormous amount of pressure these days. A lot of my clients lately are young people who are suffering stress and anxiety, and much of that stress revolves around school work – particularly exams.
The pressures of having to do well at school are in addition to the many social pressures that teenagers face today – for instance bullying, social media, relationships, and the many complex physical and emotional transitions they’re going through.
Life for young people is now filled with more distractions than anyone has ever had to face before: the internet offers a whole world of entertainment, and the constant tantalising buzzes and bleeps of social media notifications are never far away. This makes it incredibly difficult for young people to concentrate on their studies.
Exam stress comes in many different shapes and sizes, with young people becoming anxious about all the different phases of exams.
Some just can’t retain their focus on revision and get frustrated because they continually find themselves procrastinating on the internet instead of doing their work. Some dread the actual exam day itself, worrying that their mind will go blank or they’ll be faced with a set of questions that they’re completely unprepared for. Some even feel overwhelmed at the thought of waiting outside to go into the examination hall, surrounded by all that nervous energy of their peers. Clients often report feeling (or actually being) physically sick because of their exam stress.
The good news is that there are therapeutic techniques that are very effective at dealing with these issues. I use a blend of counselling and hypnotherapy together with NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and mindfulness training. I’m also trained in Kinetic Shift, which is a cutting edge method of speedily dealing with trauma and distress. I tailor my therapies to suit the individual, and find young people respond extremely well, enjoying the process and feeling self-empowered as a result.
However, not everybody is in the position to access private therapy, so I wanted to create a free resource for young people who are going through exam stress, in whatever form. I’ve recorded a short video to help relax, focus and clear the mind, and build confidence around studying and exams.
Here it is:
As with all recordings of this nature, it should only be listened to in a safe, quiet place without any distractions.
Some people might prefer to listen to the audio file – here’s the link:
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Lisa Murphy is a counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Cambuslang, Glasgow. Lisa specialises in stress, anxiety, and weight management.