The High School Entrance Exam (LGS), which more than 1 million students and parents await with excitement, will take place on Sunday, June 6th. A few days before the exam, it came from a method specialist to relieve stress symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, insomnia and stomachache before the exam. Stating that the stress experienced can be reduced with simple breathing exercises, Lecturer. See. Physiotherapist Cagil Erturk said, “We see that breathing exercises and breath management have been scientifically proven by many studies. Breathing exercises are very important for students. We have a vagus nerve in our body, which we call the tenth cranial nerve. We can consider this as the longest nerve in our body. This nerve is a nerve that heals, repairs and calms our body. Therefore, together with the breathing exercises we do, we actually stimulate this nerve. This puts our body in repair, calming and resting mode.”

Calm the body by stimulating the nerves

Stating that the nerves are stimulated with breathing exercises, Ertürk said, “My advice, both during the preparation period and especially on the exam day, is to calm the body as much as possible by stimulating this nerve with deep breathing exercises. We have two types of breathing, which we call thoracic and diaphragmatic breathing. Here, we try to create a conscious awareness together with breathing exercises. There is no need for a course for this, and our students can experience it themselves.”


Ertürk described the simple exercise to be done with these words:

“They can put one hand on their chest, take 10 deep breaths and exhale, feeling their chest swell. They can repeat this 10 times. Afterwards, they can put their hands on the diaphragm and feel the swelling of the abdomen under the diaphragm in the same way and exhale. The more they repeat this, the more we stimulate this nerve. This is how we transition to calming down.”


Recommending that students go to the exam site early, Ertürk said, “They can go to the exam venue a little earlier, breathe the atmosphere and do these exercises in that environment. They are very stressed the day before, they may have trouble falling asleep. They can also perform this breathing pattern the night before,” he said.


Suggesting that the students who will take the exam next year should do this exercise, Ertürk said, “The earlier we prepare for these exercises, the more we train the neuronal structure of our body. This is becoming permanent,” he said.


Stating that the students could not perform the performance they wanted due to the stress they experienced, Ertürk concluded his words as follows:

“With breathing exercises, we observe that our mind is more open, more aware, conscious, and our perception level is high. This will reflect on their exam performance. Our students can do relaxation exercises even if they can’t do anything. We can do exercises to relax our shoulder girdle muscles and neck muscles. It becomes a much better exercise prescription when it is done by combining the exercise strategies recommended by physiotherapists. Do not let students wear out and lose their motivation. I always think they will be successful if they can manage this process along with exercise and relaxation techniques.”

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