'The night before exams, I spent the whole night worrying, I studied hard and tried to memorise everything. 'All morning I felt like vomiting. I finally got to the exam and turned over the paper and my mind just went blank. 'I felt sick because I couldn't remember a thing' Does this sound like you before and during an exam? Today we look at stress: why we stress before and during exams, and how it can affect us. Stress is all about how our body and mind react to the demands placed on them when we prepare and sit down for the exams. Sitting for an exam is stressful because of all the judgment that occurs around exams. We call these stressors, some are external, such as parents' and schools' judgment and getting into university, and some are internal, such as feeling you're going to fail and that you're not good enough. These stressors can put us out of balance, therefore stress occurs. Stress affects you in four areas: body, mind, emotions and behaviour. Circle the words in the table that you can relate to. Not all stress is bad stress, some stress motivates you to get things done and encourages you to be healthy in your competition. Some people feel more focused and determined during exams. Everyone has different thresholds and what might stress you out could motivate another, so it's important not to compare yourself with your friends. Your friends might be feeling anxious and nervous, but you might be excited and determined to do well. As you look at this table, you will know how stress affects your body, mind, emotions and behaviour. As you begin to feel these emotions or have these body reactions, you'll know what's wrong. Next week we will take a look at how to manage stress. ''Stress affects you in four areas: body, mind, emotions and behaviour''