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How Stress can be your Friend

Know that stress is normal. 

Read this research to yourself before your big test to take advantage of stress:

"Sometimes in important situations, people notice that they have a faster heartbeat, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, butterflies in their stomach, and lots of energy running through their body. People usually think that this means that they are nervous, anxious, or worried. However, these feelings happen for all kinds of reasons, and it does not mean that we need to feel worried or nervous. For example, we feel this same way when we are excited about a surprise, when we are getting ready for a fun sports competition, or when we fall in love. So, feeling a faster heartbeat, for example, doesn't mean you will perform badly. Having these feelings could actually help you!
This is because when people care about something, such as doing well on a test, our body's nervous system tells the body to release energy and deliver more oxygen to the brain. This helps you to stay alert and pay attention to the important thing that is going on in your life. Therefore, experiencing a faster heartbeat, heavy breathing, or sweaty palms could actually be a good thing. It is your body's way of pumping you full of energy and attention! It all depends on whether you choose to use this energy. ..."


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stress Test

How to Keep Calm During Tests

Know that almost everyone experiences some anxiety. 
Some anxiety is a good thing. It keeps you alert.

ADJUST YOUR TUDE! Give yourself a pep talk. Visualize yourself doing well.
 Make a play list of power songs and play it on your way to school and class. 
 Approach the test with vigor.

STUDY. Put together a study guide from: your notes, your teacher, the text book, practice tests on the internet. Practice, practice, PRACTICE the VOCABULARY - EACH  DAY - a few words at a time.

PRACTICE RELAXING. Think happy thoughts! Think about your favorite pet, a happy memory,  look at an uplifting picture (print one out, or use it as a screen saver), find a soothing scent, carry a worry stone to rub, practice progressive relaxation, deep breathing.

Be aware of what you say to yourself. Write down your negative thoughts and then write a positive thought to dispute each one. Repeat your positive statements to reprogram your mind for success. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF AS YOU WOULD A FRIEND.

Get enough sleep. Eat protein, fruits and veggies. (Consider skipping the caffeine.) Give yourself time and take your time getting there and settling in.

Do something relaxing the hour before the test. Talk about something ELSE with your friends.

Grab a lucky charm  or a picture of a cute animal. 

Easy research proven tips: Sit up straight and smile! 

If possible, look over the test and plan your approach. Do you have to go in order or can you go forward and back?  Identify sections that are worth the most points and which question you'll start with so you can pace yourself.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Student Recommended

A former member of Westboro Baptist Church, Megan is now a writer and educator on topics related to extremism, bullying and empathy in dialogue.