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Testing anxiety during COVID-19

With the surge of cases in each province from COVID-19, it is more than understandable that you may be feeling quite anxious right now. For you, this anxiety may express itself in the following ways:

  • Behaviourally as fidgeting, pacing, and or the avoidance of studying.
  • Cognitively as the inability to concentrate, with negative self-talk, and/or freezing up during assessments.
  • Emotionally as feeling overwhelmed, fearful, disappointed, angry, sad, depressed or helpless.
  • Physiologically as nausea, headaches/migraines, feeling overly warm or cold, dry mouth, dizziness, shallow/ quick breathing (Anxiety Canada, 2007-2018, p.3)

This anxiety may even be amplified by having to navigate the waters of online learning. Do you have any existing coping strategies that help you?

We find that focusing on breathing, emphasizing positive self-talk, scheduling down-time to reinvest in interests, prioritizing your physical health through exercising, engaging in mindfulness, and most importantly, identifying the source of your anxiety can help reduce the amount you feel.

While the majority of the strategies in these blog posts are geared toward testing anxiety, we hope that you can still take away some beneficial tips for these times.

Chelsey and Cody


Check out our blog series on Testing Anxiety:

How Can I Manage Testing Anxiety? (Part I)

How Can I Manage Testing Anxiety? (Part II)

How Can I Manage Testing Anxiety? (Part III)