Managing Test Anxiety-Can CBD Help?

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My Experience With Test Anxiety

We schedule the things that we write about quarterly.  This quarter when the three of us (Brandy, Cara, and myself) were planning out our blog schedule and looking at potential topics to help people learn more about CBD, the topic “CBD & test anxiety” came up, and I knew this was my time to shine. Currently, I am in my senior year at Grand Valley State University as a Health Communications major and I feel intimately acquainted with my foe: test anxiety.

Throughout my 21 years of life, spanning 17 years of schooling, I’ve continually grappled with test anxiety. As a child, I’d stress for hours over test outcomes, memorizing study guides and resorting to hair-pulling and scalp-picking during exams. I developed quirky test rituals, including deep breaths and joint-cracking, to cope. Yet, the dread of awaiting test results often outweighed the exam itself. Turning in a test meant daily grade checks and anxious anticipation, akin to awaiting the Grim Reaper’s judgment.

Deep Breathes Actually Matter

Others advised me to take a deep breath to manage my test anxiety—a suggestion easier said than done in a panic. Initially skeptical, I stumbled upon an article on PubMed discussing the positive effects of deep breathing on attention and stress. Incorporating deep breathing exercises into my routine has been a game-changer. I inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for 8, repeating this cycle four times. If my heart still races, I extend the counts to 8. I complement this with stretches to alleviate any physical discomfort distracting me from the test. Though it may seem odd, these physical preparations help me tackle the mental challenges of the exam.

Tests And CBD – Introduced to CBD

Since starting college, I learned about CBD from one of GWL’s staff members, Cara, whom I’ve known for a long time. Before joining GWL, Cara introduced me to Green Wellness Life, which changed my academic journey. As a freshman at the University of Arizona, I struggled with stress and anxiety in an advanced journalism class known for challenging tests. I needed a new approach to cope with the pressure, and Cara shared two stress-related blogs from GWL to offer some insight.

Dealing With Stress – Now what?

After reading both of the above articles, I picked out a few products to try out to help me manage my test anxiety. I ended up choosing a water soluble CBD drink mix  and CBD gum as a booster. I wanted something I could take the morning of that would act quickly to help calm any shakiness or worry that would cloud my ability to study and focus. The gum that I used in Arizona was the MedCBDX gum that is 10mgs of isolate CBD per piece of gum.

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to stoichiometry, while simultaneously fixating on the fact that if more than 3 questions are wrong your grade will drop a letter.  It’s stressful. Trust me.  Sometimes I find myself thinking about what my life would have been like as a younger student had I known what I know now. Hindsight is 20/20 and now so are my test scores (I’m very much  kidding). If you struggle with test anxiety like I do or if you are curious about CBD boosters, we are always here to help guide you. Give us a call at 866-244-4223 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form.  You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!

Author’s Note:

While writing this, it is currently midterms week at GVSU and I cannot emphasize enough how stressed I have been. I mean nightmares about failing college type stress, and I am more thankful than ever for my test anxiety go-to’s. My senior level health care management class has a 7 page long study guide of questions. Wish me luck!



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