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Scared about failing in my exams and in life!

Question : I’m extremely stressed and I’m constantly falling sick (which I can’t afford to because I have so much work) because I’m desperate to out-perform all my classmates and do really really well in my exams. Otherwise I will never make it in life and I will feel like a failure. I’m feeling really anxious and afraid of the future… plus I’m tired because I have to share my study space with my siblings who are younger and noisy so I feel even more stressed. Please help. Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

It sounds like there’s a lot of pressure on you to score a certain grade – of course that can be really stressful, and no wonder you’re falling sick! Here are a few things to think about:

  • Where this pressure to outperform your classmates is coming from: from your family, society or from yourself?
  • Whether you have tied up your self-worth with your academics and thus equate good grades with being a good/ intelligent/ capable person and bad grades with being a bad/ unintelligent/ incapable person
  • Whether you.....

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