Exam Stress and Procrastination
WHAT’S THE ISSUE: ‘I’m re-doing the year to sit my final Yoga Instructor exam. I never went to the exam, because I keep avoiding studying the textbook.’ These are the words of an adult student who was stuck in study procrastination (the Flight Response to academic stress); looking at the textbook kept triggering her stress response.
She agreed for us to audio record an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) therapy session with me, where we tapped on the stress that came up in her body, when she looked at the textbook.
In these snippets from that session, you get a behind-the-scenes view of how the Emotional Freedom Technique can transform study stress and procrastination into a newfound enthusiasm for studying for an exam.
Know a student who is stuck in EXAM stress AND STUDY procrastination?
EXAM STRESS & PROCRASTINATION (PART I)
In this first snippet, you hear us mapping out this adult student’s stress response to looking at the textbook she has to study to pass her final Yoga Instructor exam. In EFT therapy sessions, we’re looking for Blocking Beliefs / Limiting Beliefs, and we try to trace them back their origin (the time they were formed).
In this case, this adult student’s Blocking Belief was ‘I have a bad memory’, which felt like a 100% true fact at the start of the EFT therapy session. She remembers the last 1-2 weeks before her Biology exam, was when formed the belief ‘I have a bad memory’. She remembers how stressful it was trying to remember the Biology terminology in those final 1-2 weeks before the exam.
EXAM STRESS & PROCRASTINATION (PART II)
This second snippet occurred after she remembers how she first thought to her self ‘I have a bad memory’ when she was reading the Biology textbook in Grade 12, in the last 1-2 weeks before her final exam.
Thinking of that memory from a decade ago brings her back and shoulders out of the ‘Freeze’ stress response. We continue to tap to release the stress response that is being triggered in her body, when she thinks of that memory.
After experiencing big shifts in her stress response physiology, she chooses to shift the focus back to exploring the validity of her blocking belief, ‘I have a bad memory’ feels.
EXAM STRESS & PROCRASTINATION (PART III)
In the last 10 minutes of the EFT therapy session, the adult student has a huge cognitive breakthrough, as she shifts out of the stress response (the ’emotional’ brain) to looking at the textbook and into the problem-solving, organizing, decision-making mode (into the frontal lobe of her brain – the mindful, curious, ‘thinking brain’).
As a result, “I have a bad memory” now feels like a 0/10, as she experiences a Cognitive Reframe (meaning: the way she thinks about her memory changes).
“I have a bad memory” when from feeling 100% true, to 0% true.
About the EFT PRACTITIONER
Eleni Vardaki works online supporting student, parent and teacher well-being. Her mission is to help bridge the gap between mainstream education and the well-being skills we need to thrive. A UK-qualified teacher and accredited EFT Practitioner, she offers one-to-one EFT therapy sessions and educational classes for stress, anxiety and academic achievement.