Your memory will work best when your mind is not under tension and when you are not straining. This is important to know because hours of studying will be useless if you can't remember what you've just learned. Here are four sure-fire relaxation methods, followed by one tension preventer.
The Count-of-Three Method. Just before an interview, or just before seeing a dentist, your palms are sweating, your body is tense and your breath is short and shallow. Here's what to do (count slowly and calmly through each step):
The Doctor's Method. Medical science has come up with an extremely practical breathing exercise to reduce blood pressure: Breathe in until the lungs can hold no more, and then take in a quick extra gasp of air, through the mouth. Breathe out slowly and evenly. Repeat this seven times. What works for high blood pressure also works for high exam anxiety. You can quietly practice this exercise while studying for your exams and during an exam.
The Palming Method. Here's another method that you can do easily, especially at your desk at home or in the library. Close your eyes gently and cover them with the palms of your hands.
The Optimum-Rest Method. Five minutes in the position of optimum rest are equal to hours of sleep. So if you still have a lot of studying to do, but find yourself tense, tired, and tempted to take a nap, here's a better substitute:
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