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“Beta padh lo board exam sir par hain.”
“Mummy main tension nahi karta, tenson se kuchh fayda nahi.”
“Beta poore din main ek bhi ghanta revision nahi kiya, kuchh to tension kar.”
I think you must have understood it's a conversation between a mother and her happy go lucky son. The child thinks that taking stress would deteriorate his performance but the mother knows better. Usually when we we mention the word stress, we picture a worried or panicked person in our mind. We assume it is bad for our health physical or mental. The surprising fact is that the mother in the above conversation is right; little stress is good for performance. Let’s see how:
Good stress is a feeling of responsibility and determination that enables us to remain alert. It helps us to rise to the challenges that we face in our day-to-day living. The power rush is often felt as excitement or enthusiasm. The extra energy it induces, is the effect of adrenaline rushing through your bloodstream. This type of stress is called Eustress. Eustress provides that sense of challenge and motivation that can lead to greater performances. It can improve your performance, enhancing your awareness and sense of purpose.
A parent, teacher or a coach knows how hard to push his pupil to get the best out of him. If they experience the effects of positive stress they feel inspired and challenged. What if somebody pushed them too hard, or did not push them enough? They either feel overworked or bored. Something that is described in the Yerkes-Dodson curve. (See the picture )
According to this curve, as the level of stress increases, our performance increases. When we have the optimum stress we enter a state of best performance commonly known as ‘flow’. When we are experiencing ‘flow’ we are able to concentrate and focus on the task that we have to do and perform at your best.
After exceeding that optimal level of stress, we stop feeling inspired. It becomes strenuous and tiring. Beyond that range we feel burn out. Overwork, time pressures, performance anxiety or general over-stimulation are common reasons for fall in performance and should be managed. To escape this crippling stress we should follow some basic plans for our studies.
* Plan your revision
* Plan your leisure
To keep stress in the optimum range and not cross to fatigue and burn out, we need to use relaxation and distraction. Divide the day into three periods of two and a half hours each and revise for any two of them. When you are not revising, get well away from your desk.
* How to prevent panic on the night of the exam?
Develop a positive mental attitude for stress relief. Once you understand that an optimum amount of stress is good for your performance; you can use it to your advantage. If you train yourself to take stress as an opportunity to learn, challenge, or stretch yourself, then you are likely to feel less stress. With a positive attitude to stress follow these guidelines, they will build your resilience to face exams better.