Overcoming & Dealing with Pre-Exam / Job Interview 'Nerves' with Hypnotherapy in London & Dorset

Do you have an exam coming up?

Or a driving test?

Or maybe a job interview?

It's perfectly normal to be worried and nervous about specific events – in fact, it's a good thing because it can help you to focus. The 'nerves' that you experience are simply the body's way of reacting to an emergency, and once the event is over, the symptoms subside.

But sometimes you can feel totally overwhelmed, and as though everything is getting out of control.

Symptoms of Pre-Event 'Nerves'

  • Problems sleeping – can't get to sleep, or wake up too early and can't get back to sleep
  • Feeling constantly exhausted
  • Can't wake up in the morning
  • Tense muscles
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Can't stop thinking about what might or might not happen
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Change in appetite
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Nausea
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Change in vision – blurring
  • Breathlessness
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth

What Causes These 'Nerves'?

When you have an emergency to deal with, or if you think you are in danger, your body prepares you to deal with it. Within seconds, hormones are released into your bloodstream and extra energy rushes through your body to prepare you for action. This is known as the ‘stress response’, or ‘fight-or-flight’. This is perfectly normal – it’s evolved within human beings over thousands of years as a survival mechanism, and it kicks in as soon as you experience what you perceive as a danger or a threat.

All sorts of physical changes occur as part of this process.

  • Your heart rate increases, and your muscles become tense.
  • Extra supplies of blood and oxygen are sent to the muscles that need it most, reducing the flow to your skin and to your stomach. (So you may become pale, and feel the need to go to the lavatory).
  • Your digestion slows down or stops
  • Your breathing becomes faster, like an athlete ready for action, but you may also feel tightness in your chest and slightly dizzy or lightheaded.
  • You may sweat (so that your body does not overheat whilst in action).
  • Mentally you focus entirely on the perceived threat.

This is a perfectly natural response to a situation that you see as a threat. In an exam or a job interview, so much depends on how you perform. You want to do well, and because so much is at stake, the whole event may seem like threat, or a sort of crisis point for you, therefore your body prepares you accordingly. Hence your symptoms, or 'nerves'.

Treatment / Help to Overcome 'Nerves' in London or Dorset

Perhaps you are worried and anxious or know that you are really stressed about your event. Or maybe you would just like to be sure that you are focused and calm on the day.

Hypnotherapy is safe, gentle and effective way to prepare for an event. One or two sessions are often sufficient to enable you to overcome your nerves and remain calm and focused, so that you perform to the best of your ability when you need to most.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.