Are you feeling stressed by the amount of revision or exams you have? Or do you tend to panic just before going in to an exam?
Mindfulness and breathing techniques can help you enter your body and mind into a state of calm, helping you to relax and focus.
By simply focusing on nothing but breathing in and out for one minute you can slow down your heart rate calming your nerves and overworked mind.
You can practice this sitting or standing, eyes open or closed or even as you’re walking in to the exam hall.
Here’s how in 4 easy steps:
Inhale through your nose gently for two seconds.
Hold your breath in for one second.
Breathe out through your mouth slowly for four seconds.
Repeat for one minute (or longer if you like) and you should feel a difference in your mood!
If the 2-1-4 count feels too short, try to lengthen your breaths slightly. As long as you breathe out longer than you breathe in you’ll feel the calming benefit!
During your breathing, if you find yourself distracted by worrying, try counting each breath, count “one” to yourself as you exhale. The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.” Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation. This will help you focus and become more mindful.