In education today there is a huge emphasis on exams for measuring a person’s ability. However, achieving positive exam results is not just down to intelligence, knowledge and hard work – it’s also down to your state of mind. Hypnotherapy is a fantastic tool for tapping into the subconscious mind and introducing positive suggestions. By doing this we can totally transform our perception, and this can have an incredible impact on our thoughts, actions and behaviour. When it comes to exams and other tests, there are 3 main areas that can be enhanced by hypnotherapy. These are:
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Motivation and focus
- Retaining and recalling information
Stress and anxiety
Being under a certain amount of pressure is a normal part of our everyday lives, in fact, it can often give us the motivation we need to achieve success. However, if it becomes overwhelming, it can have a very detrimental effect on both our physical and mental well-being. There are a number of reasons why we might feel stressed about exams. Pressure from parents or teachers, a desire to get certain grades for college and university, or simply the fact that exams often indicate a time of great change are just a few of the pressures we can face. Stress can manifest itself in many ways and everyone reacts differently. Some symptoms to look out for include: headaches, problems sleeping, irritability, lack of appetite, lethargy, panic attacks, anxiety and even depression. In many cases, our mind knows the information we need to pass an exam, but stress interferes with our concentration and focus. Hypnotherapy allows us to access a feeling of calm confidence which puts us back in control and better able to cope.
Motivation and focus
For other people, the problem may not come from the exams themselves, but rather from the challenges of studying and revising. Many lack the motivation and discipline needed, particularly if they find it difficult to visualise and appreciate the end goal. For example, some students studying for their GCSE’s may not really know what they want to do when they leave school, and therefore may not see the point of certain subjects. Yet others might find revision difficult as they just can’t stay focused for very long. Hypnotherapy can really help to increase the desire to study and enhance the ability to stay focused. Positive suggestions made during hypnosis can have a dramatic effect on a person’s state of mind and their desire to revise and do well.
Retaining and recalling information
Revising for an exam is not something that comes easily to everyone. Some people find it very hard to absorb all the information they need (they could literally revise for hours and still struggle to retain and recall enough detail to pass the exam). Through the use of hypnotherapy techniques, we can program our subconscious mind to recall the things we have studied. Our mind is like a computer and what we have studied can be found somewhere in the system. Hypnotherapy gives us the ability to press the recall button allowing the answer to come on to the screen of our memory. As well as these three main benefits of hypnotherapy, it can also be used to enhance confidence, give us more energy, increase self-esteem, help us remain calm, and resolve any subconscious blocks. Not only are all these results possible, but the hypnotherapy process is a relaxing, enjoyable experience in itself and I would recommend anybody struggling with exams to gives it a try.