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Matters of Mindfulness & Self-Care
The information and links below provide information for minimizing the effects of life's curve balls so that you can lead a happier, calmer, more enjoyable day. It is imperative that you take care of yourself. Don't put off to tomorrow what you can do today -- for yourself! If you don't make time for yourself, how can you possibly make time for everyone and everything else??
Make Today Your Self-Care Day! :)
These are common problems for all students but it doesn't have to be that way! Use the links and information below to learn helpful strategies to make your academic life better and less stressful.
Minimizing Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is the experience of extreme distress that some students have in testing situations. This goes beyond the expected stress that comes with test taking and in some cases can impair performance. Below we have gathered a few tips to help in dealing with test anxiety. Please visit your counselor for more information and further guidance in applying these techniques.
Test Prep is Key
- Start preparing weeks instead of days in advance. This prevents the worry that can come with “cramming” for a big test.
- Plan your study so that you still have time for enjoyable activities including socializing, physical activity, etc. These serve as great outlets for managing stress and anxiety.
- Pace yourself and aim for quality over quantity with your study time. Shorter periods of study with regular breaks allows for better focus and retention.
- Determine how you learn best. Do you understand and retain information more easily from visual or auditory materials? Incorporate your preference into your study routine.
- Communicate with teachers-they can offer valuable insight to enhance your understanding of the material.
Coping with Anxiety
- Breathing, whether it’s taking a few deep breaths or using a breathing technique, this can be done before and during tests to ease symptoms of anxiety.
- Again, don’t cram! Spend some time before the test listening to music, talking with a friend or reading a book. This offers the opportunity to clear your mind and relax.
- Be aware of negative thoughts. Turn “I always do poorly on tests” into “I have a better study plan for this test and have worked hard to prepare.”
- Find time to eat, sleep and participate in any physical activity you enjoy. Meeting these needs will help your body and mind to function at their best.
- Consider starting a consistent mindfulness practice. Regular meditation, yoga and grounding techniques help to lessen symptoms of anxiety over time and can be used during moments of intense stress or anxiety to cope.
Use the links below to learn more about underlying issues regarding student engagement and what we can all do to put our minds at ease and motivate our students.