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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
There are standard study techniques, and many worthwhile sites on the WWW offering ways of conducting yourself at interviews or preparing for exams (please see below Tips For Exam Prep)
Useful and informative as they may be, if you suffer from anxiety when facing a particular event, no matter how prepared you may be, it is this fear that needs to be addressed. Our anxieties do not come from events themselves, but the thought processes that lay behind them. Referred to as the feedback loop, the EVENT leads to the THOUGHT which leads to the ANXIETY, which becomes the stimulus for further catastrophic thought which in turn, leads to more anxiety. This emotional escalation can be very difficult to stop when you are in a situation that you cannot avoid. You must attend the interview to have a chance of that job you desperately want, or that exam you must attend to enable you to progress your academic career.
Anxiety can be managed as long as your thoughts about stressful events are realistic and accurate. If you have not prepared for the interview, if you have not bothered to research the company or if you have failed to check out the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile, it is logical to expect that you will probably experience a few problems. Similarly, if you have failed to put in the required amount of study in preparation for the exam, it is perfectly reasonable for you to expect to fail. If, however, you are prepared and you have studied yet are still wildly overestimating the difficulties you may face, your anxiety will increase dramatically. The twin applications of hypnosis and psychotherapy will not only deeply relax you but, more importantly, they will directly address your subconscious mind, reversing the negative thought-processes that have taken hold, enabling you to replace irrational beliefs with new responses, therefore shutting off anxious feelings instead of intensifying them.
Here is a visualisation technique which many people find of considerable use when preparing for a job interview or exam. Always visualise the negative outcome before the postive and spare the time to do so at least twice a day before the big event. Ideas may well come to you that you had never really thought of and you are preparing the subconscious to receive a positive outcome:
SCENARIO 1. You are travelling home from the interview or exam. It was a total disaster. You knew you delivered a very poor performance. Anything that could go wrong, did. You have never given such a poor interview or you froze during the exam, remembering very little of what you had studied. Take in the feelings and sensations and ask yourself: why did that happen? Take a minute's break, then go to:
SCENARIO 2. You are travelling home from the interview or exam. It was absolutely brilliant- you're so pleased with yourself, and rightly so. Answers and ideas came racing to you and you handled the event with ability, confidence and great self-belief. Take in the feelings and sensations and ask yourself: why did that happen?
Our treatment programme:
The Initial consultation enables the therapist to get an insight into how anxiety and nervousness is affecting your interview techniques or exam stress and concentration, enabling him to formulate and develop a short programme that is fully tailored to your specific requirements.
Tips For Exam Prep:
Use a separate and uncluttered room for studying – NOT your bedroom.
Study just one subject at a time.
Create a flexible studying schedule and always plan three days in advance.
When studying, take plenty of breaks (10 minutes per hour as a suggestion) and leave the study room.
Highlight the important points in any book or research article.
Remember, most books contain a LOT of repetition.
Use flow charts and mnemonics to remember better.
Create a “dummy “exam environment. Take a test and mark yourself “harshly”
Get lots of sleep.
And on the day of the exam, don’t talk to anyone else about the exam before you start and, obviously, focus on one question at a time and answer the ones you know first.
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