How Students can Relax and Perform Better Effortlessly

Goodpal By Goodpal, 5th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Examination fear is more common in students than it should be. Very often students are so much stressed that they fail to perform and show grades deserved by their intelligence and caliber. Needless to say it has a telling effect on their future life. However, now there is simple technological solution to keep them stress-free so that they can perform better.

Why should Exam be a Phobic Event?

Unfortunately, fear of exams is more common than it should be. Society puts an absurd amount of pressure on you to not just pass but also to excel in exams. No wonder you feel frightened and anxious. This pressure of expectation and the resulting mental tension is the reason why students are so tensed up when exams approach, and many feel as if exams are like high tension wire.

The parents and friends are always willing to share their own personal horror stories of exams – you can hear stories of nausea, vomiting, headaches and panic attacks. And they tell you as if they received some gallantry award for going through such horrors! Something that only war-heroes are known to be eligible for.

Ill-Effects of Piled-up Stress

If you go into an exam feeling frightened, your system will respond accordingly. Fear will increase the adrenalin in your body leading to greater tension in all your muscles and your mind will literally freeze. As a result, your mind will have to work much harder to recall information, process it and re-engineer it to answer the questions set. Most students view exams as a painful experience, which they try to race through as quickly as possible and then dread doing again. It is easy to see why.

Students, who don’t know how to reduce their stress levels, allow the anxiety to reach phobic heights – resulting in sleep loss and badly impaired retention ability. It piles up and DOES NOT go away even after a weekend of partying. You may forget your stress for some time, but the moment you open your books again it’s back.

By nature stress hooks you to your negative emotions and promotes anxiety. It makes you apprehensive and fearful and provides thrust to negative mental chatter. Stress tends to disturb the inner equilibrium and shake the sense of personal control. Acute stress means significantly high degree of arousal that translates into higher concentration of noradrenaline and cortisol in the blood stream. These chemicals lower your sense of emotional well being and you feel losing control on things. The greater is the perception of loss of control, the greater is the physiological arousal triggering the fight-or-flight mechanism.

With so many disturbances in your internal climate you certainly can’t concentrate on anything – studying, preparing a presentation or project report, analyzing data. Stress constantly feeds the negative mental conversation that disturbs your natural ability to think straight and concentrate on the assignment at hand. It eats away your intelligence, creativity, imagination, and confidence. While a mild degree of stress helps maintain focused on the task at hand, in excessive amounts it degrades performance.

Being Relaxed means Being in Control

You are relaxed when you are in control of your inner world. Ability to maintain the inner poise is what is required if you want to harness your intelligence, creativity, and imagination. When the outside atmosphere begins to decide how you should be feeling, you are vulnerable. So, it is important that you know skills to protect your internal world from what is happening outside.

In the long run, it is this ability to stay composed that separates really successful people from those who “also succeeded”. Therefore, in order to really succeed in career or life, learn to strengthen your grip on what goes on inside you and shield it from the situation outside you – stress means that you are not in control of your life.

Protect and Preserve Yourself through Meditation

Learn a Little about How Your Brain Functions

It is a scientific fact that all our mental abilities and emotional states are associated with specific brainwave frequencies (or patterns). These brainwaves from high to low frequencies are grouped as beta, alpha, theta, and delta waves. During the waking day, we are predominantly in what is called a beta brain wave pattern - the pattern of normal waking consciousness. Beta waves are associated with concentration, alertness, and cognition. However, at their highest, most rapid levels, beta waves are associated with stress, anxiety, disharmony and unease. This is the last thing you want as a student. The ability to slow down will be of tremendous benefit to you. Therefore, anything that can help you reduce stress will be of worth knowing about.

When anyone relaxes a bit, his brain goes into low frequency alpha state. With alpha brainwaves a person is mentally relaxed and effortlessly focused. Concentration is also easy. In fact, mind becomes receptive and can store or recall information easily and efficiently.

Slower still are the theta waves, produced during dreaming sleep, but also associated with "a-ha!" experiences and increased memory. Theta is also the brain pattern of (among other things) increased creativity. In this brainwave state, people feel what is called “being in the zone!"

According to Dr. Thomas Budzynski, a noted researcher in this field, critical and often self-sabotaging filters of the left brain are bypassed in a theta state, and that in terms of positive mental and emotional changes, "a lot of work gets done very quickly." Best of all, for you as student, theta is also a state of tremendous stress relief! Here the brain makes lots of relaxing endorphins that really melt away your stress. For some people, 15 minutes of theta relaxation equals two-three hours of normal sleep.

Even slower is delta, the brain wave pattern of dreamless sleep. Generally, people sleep in the delta state, but it is possible to remain alert in this state - a very deep trance-like state in which there is an increase in balance between the two hemispheres of the brain. This balance is called brain hemisphere synchronization and triggers what scientists call "whole brain thinking", the type of brain function associated with geniuses – the Einsteins and Mozarts of the world.

The good news is that you can alter your brainwaves and thus alter your mental states simply by listening to brainwave audios.

Brainwave Entrainment Technology can Help You

When everything is assimilating technology, the art of relaxation can’t remain aloof! With audios of brainwave technology it is possible to create any of these brain wave patterns, easily and effortlessly – they can not only help you keep stress-free, but can also develop your mind in several ways. Originally discovered by a German Professor H.W. Dove in 1839, the technology has since progressed dramatically – and today a variety of audios are available that induce brainwave patterns to help you, say develop sharp memory, sleep better, recall dreams, or of course relax quickly.

So, there is no need to waste your intelligence, creativity, imagination and confidence just because you are not relaxed.

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I am a keen practitioner of mindfulness meditation for past several years. I firmly believe in "goodness" of people, society and world. I regularly write on personal growth and social topics.

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author avatar AnnH
6th Aug 2011 (#)

Nice post, very helpful and interesting.

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author avatar Goodpal
6th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Gemstar, please keep sharing.

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author avatar aimera
6th Aug 2011 (#)

It is wonderful. I've been using brain entrainment to improve my productivity. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Goodpal
7th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks aimera for sharing. Please read my other articles too.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
7th Aug 2011 (#)

Very informative and useful article, Goodpal. Thank you.

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