You may feel anxious or panicky in the lead up to or during an exam. This is not a sign that you are about to fail.
Exams can be a particularly stressful time, and for some this can lead to a panic attack. A panic attack is a severe experience of acute anxiety.
Panic attacks come unexpectedly and can be very scary. You may think you are going mad or having a heart attack. Despite how it feels, they are not actually harmful.
In exams people panic because they tell themselves they do not have time to relax. But it is much better to spend five minutes calming down than continue to fight yourself and work ineffectively.
Try some of the following quick exercises:
Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.
Mindfulness can help you focus and stay present in the moment while studying.
You may find our mindfulness videos helpful:
Self-help podcasts and apps
The Mental Health Foundation has several podcasts that can help you relax.