When we think of test anxiety we usually think of students. Today I want to talk about stress and test anxiety. The test anxiety I am talking about is related to life’s tests. It could be work, career change, finances, family, or relations. The test is anything that is requiring you to think in a different way to create an answer to a problem. The problem is the thing that has you stuck-he barrier that is not allowing you to get to the other side, or to your ultimate goal.
When you are feeling life’s test anxiety, try these Quick Coherence Tips from HeartMath:
Step 1. Heart Focus.
Shift your attention to the area of the heart, or the center of your chest. If you don’t understand how, try this: Focus on your right big toe and wiggle it. Now focus on your right elbow. Now gently focus in the center of your chest, the area of your heart. If you lose focus, just keep shifting your attention back to the area of your heart. Now you’re ready for the next step, Heart Breathing.
Step 2: Heart Breathing.
Remember a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience that feeling. Focus on this good feeling as you continue to breathe through the area of your heart. (This could be a feeling of appreciation toward a special person or a pet, a place you enjoy, or an activity that was fun.)
This is the key step to getting and staying in sync. Many people find that when they experience positive feelings like care, love, or appreciation while breathing through the heart area, they immediately feel and think better. Holding a positive feeling makes it easier to stay in sync for longer periods of time, so that it becomes easier to remain calm and balanced even in tough times.