Anxiety can ruin any exam. If you are feeling stressed out about an SAT exam, it will be difficult to perform well. Zen is the opposite of anxiety. It is the state of being calm and at peace. So how do you get to that Zen place before a major, nerve wracking exam? Here are a few tips:
In the months before your exam exercise. You might feel like you don’t have time for running around the block or throwing a frisbee with friends when there is studying to be done. However, moving your body, as well as time outside will help relax your nerves. Exercise will also help you focus while you are studying and taking your exam. Scientific American discusses that exercise initiates blood flow to the brain, which can help you think more clearly and even improve your memory.
In the weeks before your exam you should sleep. Don’t pull all nighters. Cramming won’t help you on your exam more than a good night of sleep will. Not getting enough sleep will either give you the jitters or make you too sleepy to focus when it comes to exam time.
In the hours before the exam you need to breathe. American Institute of Stress informs that “deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.” Deep, controlled breaths will move oxygen to your brain, getting it ready to perform well. Breathing also helps you concentrate and focus on the task at hand. When your brain starts to run wild with anxiety, breathing will help calm your mind and recenter your focus. Breathing will also help during the exam. If you start to panic or just can’t concentrate, start breathing. Slow down and take some deep breaths and then return your attention to the test. Slow breathes that fill your lungs enough to make your belly rise are the best way to get your mind into that Zen place.
Relax and Focus
Exercise, sleep and breathing are the three best Zen things you can do before an exam. On top of studying and preparing, these stress relievers will help you feel relaxed and focused when it is time to perform.