I tend to wake up in the middle of the night with a lot of anxiety

With my annual examinations approaching, I tend to wake up in the middle of the night with a lot of anxiety. Please help.

Anxiety is very common among students during this time. You should know to manage your anxiety. Here are a few tips for it:

  • Prepare ahead by working on sections of the content each day.
  • Plan your schedule to both study and revise.
  • Use model examination papers as an opportunity to manage anxiety.
  • Identify your anxiety early by noticing your physical responses.
  • Try replacing unhelpful thoughts with more encouraging self-talk by challenging negative thoughts. Think positive.
  • Practice focusing your attention on the task at hand (mindfulness), rather than getting tangled in your anxiety and thinking of the “what if?”
  • Remember to pay attention to your sleep, nutrition, exercise and relaxation routine. Go out for a walk to refresh yourself.
  • Avoid distractions of any kind. Reduce screen time and the use of gadgets.
  • Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing before and during examinations. Pay attention to your own pace, and forget about the other students in the hall.
  • Focus on calm breathing and positivity. Deep breathing can slow down a beating heart or a racing mind, so practice breathing techniques. The very act of concentrating on breathing and thinking can alter those anxious feelings. Good luck!


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