Relaxation in the brain
Since you want to avoid a blackout in the future at any cost, it is important that the evaluation in the brain, which takes place lightning fast, relaxed and only a natural stage fright signals.
That's why the composition of the brain cocktail is so important and you have a direct influence on it. In truly life-threatening situations, on the other hand, one can be happy when fear protects you by putting one on autopilot.
Do yourself something good
This happens, for example, when a cyclist drives without looking back over the road, because then brakes any car driver without thinking in seconds, the thinking is turned off and the protective response. In an exam situation, on the other hand, we do not need that.
The more one succeeds in recognizing what is important and what one can do to be good in order to remain relaxed, one will find that fear does not have to work against one, but can even work for one.
Everything a matter of the angle of view
Because everything is a matter of perspective, and that is what matters so that you can feel better and better. When you are ready, you can agree to a ceasefire with stage fright and exam anxiety, or, ideally, conclude a kind of friendship pact with her.
Humor is important. Quite simply for the following reason: Whenever you can smile or even laugh, you will not be afraid, because fear and laughter are mutually exclusive.
How stage fright and blackouts arise: Messenger substances signal stress
But what exactly happens in stage fright? In stage fright mode, you may start to sweat and your heart may start to beat faster. Can you cope with this emotional state?
At the moment of the stage fright one is under enormous pressure and stress and a lot of messenger substances are distributed, which make one initially ready for the performance and bring into the concentration, but each human being also by a subjective perceived negative assessment of their own situation can put out of action.
Anxiety about exams goes far beyond stage fright and has to do with a “felt” or “subjectively perceived” threat in which the organism reacts and thinking takes a back seat.
The subjective threat
Whether the situation is really so threatening? The consequences can be perceived as threatening for some, if one concedes a bad grade, or even fails. In fact, there is always a plan B, and very often a second chance.
If you sleep a few nights, or look back after a few weeks, you often can not understand why you were so panicky.
The door to something new
Not infrequently opens just what has not worked, a door to something else that you would not have imagine can.
For example, Wolfgang, a student, was eager to study law, but after completing the numerus clausus (admission restriction through minimum average grade), he studied business administration.
Often the alternative is better
In retrospect, he was really happy, because his friend, who had overcome the hurdle of the NC and studied law, broke off his studies because it was too dry for him.
After talking a lot with his friend, he did not find Jura so desirable and that was the topic of the table.
Is the bottle half-full or half-bodied?
The question is whether you can change the external circumstances that can change permanently. And the answer is NO at first.
When the sun shines, the sun shines and when it rains, it rains. You can feel bad all day because of the bad weather, but that does not change anything. The weather does not care if you laugh or cry.
Do you know the comparison of looking at a half-full bottle as either half empty or half full? This is similar with the perspective from which one can look at his situation.
Away with the time robbers: what brings energy and fun
So what if you decide from today on the perspective that brings energy, joy and fun instead of the energy-consuming, sad and negative perspective?
Changing the perspective means being on the winning side in the future and not on the losing side. And that has not only something to do with the notes that come out, but simply with your attitude.
Main Feature Self-confidence
I am happy about every student and student who manages to pass through a test successfully and confidently.
When the inner mood barometer sets the pointer to sunshine, things are easier. With the fear of exams, however, the barometer falls like a falling low in seconds and you're caught in the program: “Houston, we have a problem”.
The all-in-one mix in the brain
The art, then, is to prevent this exceptional state from becoming incapacitated. In simple terms, one should positively influence his brain chemistry.
Like a cocktail made up of several liquids, we remove the organism-threatening alcohol and turn our brain chemistry into a non-alcoholic all-in-handle mix that lets you think in a relaxed and focused manner.
The fear can carry us far away
Sometimes the fear comes on very quiet soles and sometimes it comes all of a sudden and powerful and took us completely.
It can carry us far from the here and now, because it wants to know that we are safe (dissociation: a change from a subjective perspective to an objective perspective from above: “bird's eye view”. Example: In the case of trauma, it can be that soul parts of the body because of that the human being is not right in the here and now).
The fear reports to us as if to say: "Watch out, up to here and no further" or "Stop, don't do this" or "Better not do that, it could hurt". Fear is a signal, a light buoy or a lighthouse in the dark that wants us to walk safely into port if we were a ship.
Fear as a warning sign
Fear wants to say by triggering the signal: "Hey man, I'm worried about you!" She compares past experiences and situations with the current situation and, in the event of danger, prefers to report earlier than too late - and that's a good thing.
Yesterday I saw the third episode of the feature film “The Terminator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Do you know the scene when he comes naked to the ground and looks for a suitable piece of clothing among the many people in a pub?
Like the Terminator
The viewer is allowed to see for a few minutes through the computer-controlled view of a Terminator and experiences how he measures the individual limbs of the people from top to bottom, calculated and scanned to find a suitable piece of clothing.
After a while, the corresponding target person is found with a suitable clothing size and the terminator's onboard computer triggers and announces: fitting garment found.
The brain as a scanner
It's the same with your brain, except that instead of matching garments, it looks for similarly threatening situations from the past.
Or remember what the parents said as a warning. If memories and situations fit together and build on the old feeling, then the brain triggers an alarm, and if the situation is perceived as very threatening, it can even lead to panic.
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