6 Quick Tricks for Beating Pre-Exam Stress

It doesn’t matter how much you’ve studied and prepared, those pre-exam jitters are all too real! The next time you’re feeling tense before an exam, give some of these quick and easy de-stress tricks a shot.

1. Use pressure points.

Whether you believe in acupressure or not, it’s worth trying out! After all, it only takes a few seconds of your time. Measure the length of three fingers placed on your wrist — you’ll want to focus on the spot right below that. Take your thumb and firmly press and hold this spot for about 30 seconds, and repeat as needed. Feel calmer, yet?

2. Listen to music.

Did you know that there’s actually research showing the link between music and stress reduction? Just another reason to pop in those headphones while you walk over to your exam!



3. Try aromatherapy.

There are quite a few essential oils out there that have great stress-busting qualities — like lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and jasmine. You can diffuse these oils in your room the night before an exam, or — if you’re on the go — look for a roll-on version that you can apply directly to your skin.


4. Focus on your breathing.

Breathing exercises are great because you can practice them anywhere — even in class while you’re waiting for your professor to hand out your exam! Try this simple exercise: Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, exhale through your mouth for another 4 counts, then repeat.


5. Have a laugh.

It’s more than just a good distraction — laughing also helps soothe your body’s stress responses. We know you have some hilarious memes waiting for you on your Instagram’s Explore tab, so give it a quick scroll-through before you head into your exam!


6. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation. 

How many times do you notice your muscles tense up when you’re stressed? Probably all the time, right? Progressive Muscle Relaxation is based off the idea that you can’t feel stress or anxiety if your muscles are physically relaxed — make sense? Focusing on one muscle group at a time, slowly tighten your muscles as you take a deep breath in. After holding it for a few seconds, you can then exhale and relax those muscles. Repeat until you’ve covered every muscle group and feel completely relaxed. Here‘s a great guide if you’re just getting started.

Do you have any tips we didn’t list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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  1. Alexis says:

    I really am going to try these.

  2. Tamara Alturk says:

    No,Thank you

  3. Jackie Ford says:

    Wow! This sounds amazing. I definitely need to try all of them.

  4. Choi Hung Thuroczy says:

    Dear Madam/Sir,
    Thank you so much for the tricks for the pre-exam. I love Tri-C.

  5. Danielle Legette says:

    Thank you for sharing. Music helps me

  6. Jim says:

    Aromatherapy is awesome. Everyone should try it!

  7. Brenda says:

    good ideas. I will have to try one next exam

  8. Trevyon Meadows says:

    I think these will really help me in the time coming.

  9. Malisha Robinson says:

    I’ll try some of these tips…

  10. Rodonna Werts says:

    Thanks! I have bad test anxiety and I think these tips will help. Gonna try all of them.

  11. Sonia S says:

    Thanks! I will apply this recomendations for now on when taking exams.

  12. Ashley says:

    Very helpful!

  13. Marco Solis says:

    I love these tips!! Nice article

  14. theresa bryan says:

    needed that thanks

  15. Becky says:

    Thank you! I will be trying this out!

  16. Ky says:

    Will be worth it to give it a try rather than to not at all and have a mental breakdown anyway XD

  17. Ivory Williams says:

    Very good useful information!!!

  18. Carrie Washington says:

    Thank you the words of encouragement.I am willing to at least try.

  19. Caitlin says:

    Thank you for these tips. I am always stressed on exams and it really inhibits me from doing my best. Can’t wait to try the aroma therapy. <3

  20. Eric Cartman says:


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