Self-care plays key role in managing exam stress, says psychologist

Posted on December 7th, 2017

It’s exam season across the province and with that comes major stress for post-secondary students.

Melanie Badali, a registered psychologist and Board Director with Anxiety B.C., says students should remember they are not alone. 

“We all run into anxiety before tests … but sometimes it really starts to get in the way and crushes people, they feel like their mind is going blank,” Badali said.

“It’s time to bust up that stigma and shame surrounding anxiety. It’s so common. One in four people have an anxiety disorder … and certainly we all experience anxiety, it’s normal.”

Anxiety BC has a booklet, available for download that can help students identify and cope with anxiety around exams. Badali says a lot of the stress can be traced to how students study for exams.

“Managing your worries is a big part of dealing with test anxiety,” Badali told Gloria Macarenko on B.C. Almanac.

Badali says that learning tips to study properly can reduce stress leading up to the exam.

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