8. Relaxation techniques
Relaxation techniques are a powerful tool for working with all kinds of anxieties and feelings of restlessness if you practice regularly. A proven technique is progressive muscle relaxation by Jacobson. Lay down comfortably, every time you breathe in squeeze a single muscle, when you breathe out release the muscle. Repeat with every muscle.
Mindfulness training can also help with overcoming anxieties. Therefore, we have an article with the best mindfulness exercises that you can integrate into your daily life. If you practice daily, you will find your centre more easily in stressful situations.
If you feel panic rising during the exam, try these instant relaxation techniques:
- Put one palm on your forehead, the other on the nape of your neck. Concentrate on the feeling of your hands on your head. This will distract you and the warmth of your palms will calm you down and give you energy.
- The Shen-Men point is right above your auricle. Put your finger behind your ear above the auricle and put your thumb on the point to reenergise. Massage the point for ca. one minute in circles.
- Calm down with controlled breathing. Breathe in deep and let your breath flow out. After breathing out, hold your breath for six to ten seconds (count in your head). Repeat the exercise until the anxiety disappears.