6 Ways to Calm Your Mind When Dealing With Learning Anxiety

Our emotional state can definitely have an impact on our learning abilities and affect how we are receptive to information. Anxiety about an upcoming project or exam is normal, but when that stress builds up too much, it can impede our ability to absorb, process, and store new information.

Studies have shown that when we are under stress, our brains simply stop forming new connections. This occurs because anxiety and stress activate our body’s fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline levels rise, heart rate and breathing may speed up, blood diverts to the limbs, and body temperature typically increases. If this happens while you are trying to focus, your brain will block access to higher processing and it will be very difficult to retain new information.

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