Sometimes in our life, it’s okay to take the stress, especially when it comes to exams. But if the stress is stopping you from performing to the best of your ability, then you need to start figuring out ways to manage this stress. This year has been a chaotic year for medical aspirants because of the sudden introduction of NEET exam by Supreme Court of India. Here we try and figure out the causes and solutions to this grave new phenomenon called NEET Exam Fear!!
Causes for your Exam Stress
This is what commonly happens with most students. As the NEET exam has been scheduled for July 24, 2016, it has created a lot of confusion among students and parents. Many students are not mentally prepared for NEET II 2016. Most of them were hoping to secure admission in their own native states. Even though the central government has passed an ordinance to allow state medical college to conduct their own exams, the private medical college has to give seats for NEET Exam Rankholders. Due to this tussle many private and state medical seats have been reduced which has forced state medical students to appear for NEET exam. Since there are so little days left for students to prepare, the natural consequence is students stressing over the exam.
In India, parents are willing to invest more in their child’s education than anything else. When there is an investment there will always be a huge expectation from the child. Nowadays many parents are sending their children to Kota for coaching with the expectation to see their child secure high rank. Many parents fail to realize that to fulfill their dreams they are actually pressurizing their child. To add to this, parents have a tendency to compare their child with others. Such comparison leads to anxiety and depression in a child. As Henry Ford says, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently”.
Lower Self Esteem
As the number of applicants for NEET Exam is on the rise, so is the competition level. Sometimes in this competitive environment, the student tends to lose morale easily because they tend to think that if they do not perform as per the expectation then their life is over. Very often they imagine an adverse reaction from their parents or ‘fall of grace’ in the eyes of their teachers and peers and bog themselves down with pressure to perform.
How to overcome your NEET Exam Stress
1. Visualize Success
It is said that the first step to success is to believe in yourself. Unfortunately, in this competitive environment, the students are not able to focus on their strength, so their minds are always filled with negative thoughts. Just think of yourself as writing the exam and knowing the answers. When you visualize yourself as being successful, you are more likely to succeed. But do not just visualize studying – you actually have to do it!
2. Maintain a Healthy Diet
To clear NEET Exam you not only require dedication and commitment but also require a proper healthy diet. Studies show that taking the time to eat healthy improves performance in exams. Iron and vitamins are especially important to maintain the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Iron-containing foods include red meat, cereals, and spinach. Food that contains vitamin B include whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs, and nuts. Fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs.
3. Practice and Practice
Practice makes a man/ woman (as the case may be) perfect. So make it a habit to daily practice questions. I would say do online test practice, it will help you to increase your speed in solving the paper, along with smooth and easy movement across sections. Don’t get stuck on a single question. It will reduce your speed. So if you are not able to solve it within 1 minute, then move on.
4. Talk to someone
During the time of examination, many students often become isolated from the outer world which leads them to be more stressful. So even during the time of examination, it is important to interact with your friends and family to share your worries.
5. Avoid the use of nicotine and over usage of caffeine
It is believed that coffee energizes and helps you stay up longer to study. But beware. Caffeine in excess would eventually slow you down.
6. Do proper exercise
This is probably one of the best ways of dealing with exam stress. Anything from walking the dog to going for a swim, run or bike ride helps reduce physical tension that can lead to aches and pains and releases natural feel-good brain chemicals. If you can’t get motivated, rope in friends – it’s much harder to make excuses.
7. Take Breaks
Psychologists suggest that we can only concentrate properly for about 45 minutes at one stretch, while neuroscientists tell us that the longer we try and focus on one thing, the less our brains are able to deal with it effectively. Take breaks to stay refreshed. Instead of cramming in more or stressing over how to deal with exam stress, the best thing might simply be to do something completely different.