It is possible to learn to respond to test anxiety and other stressful situations in a different way by first imagining a person performing the behavior as you would like to do it yourself. A counselor can help you practice this skill, which involves:
- Identifying the parts of a situation you want to change;
- Deciding the ways you would prefer to behave (to reduce your anxiety); and
- Learning this preferred way of behaving by visualizing others and yourself doing this behavior over and over.