Using positive affirmations for test anxiety is one of the ways you can put all those negative thoughts to one side, replace them with positive thoughts, and perform your best in an exam.
Feeling nervous or anxious is normal for most students. If you can’t channel or control your anxiety, however, it will have an effect on your performance.
Even the best-prepared student who knows their subject inside out can fail a test due to overwhelming anxiety.
So, it’s crucial that you get your nerves under control leading up to an exam or test.
Affirmations are a powerful and effective way to literally change the way your brain thinks about exams.
Below you’ll see some affirmations to help you get your test anxiety under control. Pick some that will work best for you and repeat them several times a day leading up to exam day.
- I am well prepared for my exams and nothing that comes up will surprise me.
- I’ve done my best to study for this test and am well prepared.
- I will use any nervous energy I have as a positive force.
- I studied hard and will retain all the information I need.
- I am great at taking exams.
- I will pass this test.
- I feel relaxed and confident when taking tests.
- Studying is fun, and taking a test is just another day going through the material I learned.
- I am grateful for having such good teachers and a good education,
- I like tests, they are important to measure how much I know.
- I will pass this test and go on to achieve all of my goals.
- I have a great memory and will be able to recall all the information I need during the test.
- I will control my breathing and stay calm before and during my test.
- Everyone around me is supportive and have helped me prepare.
- I enjoy being challenged and tested on my knowledge.
How to Use Positive Affirmations for Test Anxiety
People have their own ways of using affirmations, so you might need to try a few things to find out what works best for you.
How I use affirmations is:
- Standing in front of a mirror in the morning I repeat my affirmations a few times.
- Throughout the day wherever I get a few spare moments, I will repeat them and think about my desired outcome.
- In the evening I stand in front of the mirror again and say them while looking at myself.
As long as you’re repeating your affirmations a few times a day and thinking about the outcome you want to achieve, it’ll work.
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How Can I Calm My Nerves Before an Exam?
If you want to utilize some other techniques to help calm your nerves before an exam I recommend using one or more of the following techniques:
Controlled breathing – Much like a short meditation, just simply taking some deep, deliberate breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth will help calm you.
Sleep well – A good night’s sleep before your exam is crucial. If you think you’re going to stir with nerves, try one of these guided meditation sleep apps.
Meditate – Meditation is literally one of the best ways you can get better control over your nerves in the long-term. You can find lots of resources about meditation in my blog here.
Eat & drink well – Even if you feel too anxious to eat, eating some healthy is better than nothing. Going into an exam with a hungry stomach will be an added distraction. Plus, you might feel tired if you’re lacking good nutrients.
Visualize – Spend some time visualizing what it’s going to look and feel like while you’re taking your test. This will help you feel more comfortable on the day.
There are a lot of things you can do to get your test nerves under control, and affirmations are one of the most effective.
The important thing is that you start doing some of the things I’ve covered in this article leading up to your exam – and don’t break the habit of doing them.
With the right affirmations, I’m confident you can put any worries or anxiety behind you and pass any test with flying colors. Good luck!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.