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Mental Health Capacity Building

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Q: I often get headaches and stomachaches before a big assignment is due, or before exams. How can I control my anxiety?? 
A: Feeling stress and worry before an exam is normal,  and is often accompanied by physical symptoms like a headache, stomachache, feelings of butterflies in your stomach, increased heart rate, and sweating.
You can manage your stress by making sure you've properly prepared for the assignment or exam by studying and planning ahead. Limit your caffeine and nicotine intake, eat healthy, get a good night sleep, and don't forget to set aside time to relax and have some fun. Cramming the night before, or working on your assignment the day it's due will lead to increased stress!! 
Check out our test anxiety and study skills resources on this page!