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How to Deal with MCAT Stress and Anxiety

by Dr Prem Community Writer
MCAT Stress and Anxiety

MCAT is a difficult test. Few clear the test every year. And fewer score as high as to get into a prestigious medical school. So, it’s not unusual to feel stressed and anxious while preparing and attempting for the MCAT for the first time.

However, this stress and anxiety can do you more harm than good. It may cause enough distraction for you to not finish your preparation on time for the test, or it may even affect your physical and mental health.

Hence, it’s important that one deals with MCAT related stress and anxiety in the best manner possible. In this article, we tell you how to deal with stress and anxiety and give MCAT with a calm mind.

1. Get into a zone every time you ‘zone out’

zoning outDo you ever experience that moment when you are practicing for your test and your mind races forward, imagining the moment when you are giving the test, and you go all bank?

This is called ‘zoning out’. When you zone out, you tend to lose focus on the present moment, worry about the future and stress as well as anxiety ensues.

To deal with this, you need to bring back your focus every time you zone out. Focus on your MCAT practice tests. That’s it. Stop worrying about the exam. You will cross the bridge when you come to it.

2. Stay away from distractions…

Stay-away-from-distractionsDo you find yourself checking your messages and texts every 30 minutes while studying? Or do you feel compelled to click selfies while practicing teats, posting the images on Instagram to show the world just how dedicated you are to acing the MCAT?

These little distractions add up over time, and before you know it, there is not enough time to sail through prep. Now, you are stressed and anxious.

Do yourself a favor: get rid of the distractions. Focus on only studying and prepping for the MCAT for some months. You will have ample time for social media later on.

3. But do in turn your back on hobbies

love exerciseNow, getting rid of distractions while studying for MCAT might help you deal with stress and anxiety. But there’s another saying: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

While distractions are bad, don’t let your mind be severely occupied with MCAT prep. Keep some time free for exercise or a particular hobby you enjoy the most. Paint for a while, dance a little, sing your heart out for an hour. Do whatever you love.

And if you love exercise, go for it. Exercise keeps your body and mind fit. Hobbies make you happy and help you relieve stress and anxiety related to MCAT.

So, here are 3 tips to get rid of MCAT related stress and anxiety. Of course, there are many more tips to do this successfully. But, practicing these three ways to deal with stress and anxiety are the easiest to follow. So, give them a try, and let us know how they worked out for you!

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