I ofter wonder what it would have been like in school for me as a child if I knew about Hypnotherapy back then. I had horrible anxiety in school whether it was being able to keep up with the class or those dreaded pop quizzes and exams. School was just plain hard. My brother who was the one who introduced me to Hypnotherapy didn’t even need to show up at school and would get straight A’s.
I remember being around 9 and the school I was going to at the time decided to do an SRA ( I think it was called) reading program where you were in had a colored selection pre your reading level, I was in the olive green section. Well my friends were all in the top level and I was in the lower levels with the problem kids in the class. I already new I had a problem and it just killed my self esteem when everyone else now knew I was in the bottom half.
Lets face it it’s hard for kids who struggle in school. In some instances its their home life, others they just have difficulty learning, or for some its the challenge of anxiety when it’s test or exam time.
Children to adults go to class, with completed homework, studied, and ready to approach the day. He or she arrives at the exam confident about the material, and if they have experienced test anxiety, a type of performance anxiety, taking the test is the most difficult part of the equation.
Here are a few causes of test anxiety:
- Fear of failure. While the pressure to perform can act as a motivator, it can also be devastating to individuals who tie their self-worth to the outcome of a test.
- Lack of preparation. Waiting until the last minute or not studying at all can leave individuals feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
- Poor test history. Previous problems or bad experiences with test-taking can lead to a negative mindset and influence performance on future tests.
- Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling faint can all occur. Test anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack.
- Emotional symptoms. Feelings of anger, fear, helplessness and disappointment are common emotional responses to test anxiety.
- Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively and comparing yourself to others are common symptoms of test anxiety.
This is all very real for the person who suffers from the anxiety and in some cases panic attacks. It can harm their self esteem and keep them from going toward additional education. For me it kept me from wanting to read. I have come a long way from that challenge, I love to read now!
There are so many older adults going back to school now to reinvent themselves. For reasons whether to finish their degree, or change of life circumstances. If you are struggling, have a lack of focus and concentration, or just having problems bring the information you know up when it is needed this maybe for you also.
If you are experiencing this sort of challenge Hypnotherapy can be a tool for you. It just warms my heart when clients pass a state board or a child’s grades start to change significantly. There also always seems to be an improvement in behavior and a confidence in both children and adults. To me that’s a win win!
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