How Beliefs Sabotage Test Taking: How to Overcome Test Anxiety
We all have subconscious beliefs that are holding us back. In my work helping students excel at test taking, I've seen lots of beliefs that impact people.
Every client is unique, but here are some of examples of things that have generated negative self-talk which lasts for years until discovered, learned from, and released in session work:
The wonderful thing is that none of my clients have these beliefs working against them anymore. They all exceled on their tests beyond their wildest dreams. Some are lawyers now, some are therapists, some are kicking butt in the businesses they'd started but had been languishing at. Think of how much your hidden beliefs could be costing you per year for the rest of your life. It's so easy to make a huge change; usually five sessions is all it takes. For students, one side benefit is increased GPA too. Think of how much that can impact them in getting into the best schools... Easy sessions that make a lifetime of best achievement and happiness possible.
How to Reduce or Eliminate Test Anxiety and Get an 800 on the SAT Math Subject Test
I worked with a teenager once who was a good student at a private school, but in timed practice tests for the SAT Math subject test he was only able to get to two thirds of questions, and of those, almost half were wrong. I had him do simple things like putting his right hand to his left knee, then his left hand to his right knee. Then I had him put one hand under his collarbones and the other covering his belly button, then switching hands. I had him unroll the edges of his ears and tug on them.
After completing ten sessions with me, he went on to get an 800 on the SAT Math subject test. Afterward, his grades went up at his high school while putting in the same effort. He applied early decision to the college of his dreams and got in.
What was it about those movements that made such an enormous shift possible?
This student's challenge was the SAT Math subject test, but we all face struggles in life. It might be trauma, weight gain, addiction, a breakup or something else. Most often, we come up with physical or mental protocols to follow--imposing what our conscious mind is sure will be the solution to the problem--like a diet, or pharmaceuticals, or telling ourselves to have more control.
Those movements I had my client do were meant to help me assess what the body needed by letting it tell me itself. The work I do is a combination of simplified acupressure, chiropractic, and brain training. I could see from the testing that he had activated primary reflexes. I could also see that he needed help with balancing energy flow in his body--two meridians were underactive. His gait reflexes (which help with automatic patterns of walking and running) were off, which meant brain power meant for answering test questions was being used for keeping him safe while moving. Even little things, like shifting side to side as I tested a movement pattern, told me how he was having to compensate to move safely, rather than it being automatic. Once I reset everything, I did brain training to develop synaptic connections and myelinate them in an optimal way. Increased synaptic connections and myelination allows for faster processing speed--in essence, free extra time to think. That's invaluable on a test--or when driving, or at work, or in a social situation. Processing speed is one measure of intelligence. We repeated this three times a week for a total of ten sessions, finishing the month before his test to allow him some time to integrate the work.
Another client, a child, couldn't handle being in the shower. Every night was torture for him, and for his family, to have to go through the process of having him take a shower. (He had PTSD from an incident in a bathroom.) In asking his body for answers using muscle testing, it turned out that he was in shock. It's possible in acupressure to bring up past events and visualize them in a line from the present to the past, so that we can clear them all at once. Later that night, he showered for the first time without complaint. Same thing the night after, and the night after that, and on and on. It was the end of that being an issue for that little boy and his family.
For another client, a college student, the goal was to improve motivation, reduce procrastination, paralysis, and perfectionism. She struggled with the feeling that if one thing wasn't good, then nothing was good. Her body wanted brain reactivation so she could could heal at a higher level. We cleared holographic perception, linear tracking, sound interpretation, and visual interpretation using acupressure as directed by the response to testing the body. The student felt immediate stress relief and was able to do well on midterms, finishing in the top of her class.
Another wanted help with her chronic pain. The body was able to express its need for brain reactivation, as well as balancing the energetic body through clearing chakras--areas of the body with high levels of nerve impulse traffic--that had gotten stuck in overdrive. She also needed work to deactivate primary reflexes. Over the course of fifteen sessions, she was able to see improvements and stay more and more positive about her ability to stay grounded in the moment. She stopped letting the fear of the potential for pain ramp up her pain reaction, and over time, spent less and less time in pain.
I'm able to get the results I have for clients because I've realized that we overcome our greatest struggles not by imposing protocols on ourselves, but asking the body what it needs to heal. It was what worked for me to heal me from chronic illness.
If you or a loved one needs help with testing, motivation, letting go of perfectionism, and a whole lot more, consider session work with me. We can ask your body what it needs to heal instead of imposing a regimen on it. Quick results and a happy mindset are yours as a takeaway.
Another shooting incident at a high school leads to the by now all-too-familiar triage of support trying to cope with the aftermath. But it's not enough:
"Among kids exposed to traumatic violence, short-term symptoms immediately after such incidents include trouble focusing, managing emotions, and negotiating relationships. The effects of childhood trauma also show up later in life: As adults, children who witnessed violence will be more likely to suffer from depression, deal with substance abuse, and struggle with obesity."1
The long-term effects include far more than the few listed. As adults, those of us exposed to traumatic violence are more likely to suffer from illness, anxiety, employee absenteeism, and ultimately a shortened lifespan. It raises our risk levels on the ACE test, a test of childhood adversity. Why? Because these events are locked in our body until we process and release the emotional learning around them. Emotional learning is the most important evolutionary advantage for a social species like humans, and not one drop of it is wasted. We're not taught how to learn emotionally; in fact, we are taught to stuff emotions and move on. These emotions are neurochemicals that lodge in our bodies. In quantity, neurochemicals are inflammatory and inflammation leads to disease, so we're more likely to develop illness if we have traumatic backgrounds. Still, people self-medicate. Delving into the unconscious seems too scary.
But what if you could easily learn from emotions? What if they're not just a hodgepodge of random, tangled-up bad feelings? What if feeling them reduces your stress? What if doing this allows you to do better on tests, perform better at work, reduces pain, reduces the amount of time you spend sick, and increases your emotional intelligence? That's what I've found acupressure does. I've used myself as a guinea pig. I'm a poster child for childhood trauma; my dad was an active duty US Air Force C-130 pilot in the Vietnam War and I was born during the war. I was constantly sick, I had chronic Epstein Barr, I had leaky gut, I had an autoimmune illness. I'm convinced this is what humanity needs to keep evolving: spending more time in the cortex and prefrontal cortex. Stress puts us into the brain stem and emotional brain. It has us in survival mode. Success belongs to those in cortex-mode, which is executive thinking.
Care to try it? Check out my YouTube channel. I demonstrate some basics that will have you making improvements in your quality of life immediately.
I also teach it. You can sign up for one class or for the series. Check out my classes in PanHarmonic Healing® here, in Brain Gym® here, and in Touch for Health here. I think all three make the best combination for self-healing I've found.
For most of us, childhood held some trauma. Why not give yourself the gift of freedom from the past? You'll still be yourself; you'll just get to spend more and more time in a good head space, relaxed, and experiencing more joy than you thought was possible.