You’re Not Mental (or Relax & Breathe)

Mental

"...that crippling, jittery energy that controls your mind during stressful moments can be turned into adrenaline."

I’ve had every kind of panic attack a human being can have about everything a human being can possibly worry about. When you’re a professional, card-carrying worrier, no one can tell you to “stop being anxious” or to “just relax.” Similarly, if someone tells you test anxiety “doesn’t exist,” don’t listen.  You’re not mental. Important things make us nervous. You should see me when I get a headache or some other minor ailment. Immediately, my mind races to the OBVIOUS conclusion that I have acquired a life-threatening illness. What I have actually acquired is an energy overload. Believe me-I know this is easier said than done- but that crippling, jittery energy that controls your mind during stressful moments can be turned into adrenaline. It’s all a matter of how you direct it. I’m still learning this, whether I want to or not. Your test day will be similar: it will have its ups and downs; you may feel confident at some points yet on the verge of a mini-meltdown at others. Just remember, you can control the energy. In fact, anxiety, nervousness, and panic can be great teachers.