One thing repeated in all the prep materials I've
come across so far is a piece of pat advice: Don't get too stressed
out. "Anxiety" neared #1 in the Top Ten Reasons People Don't Pass
The Test list at a recent AATBS workshop. One of that company's CDs
has a guided imagery--picture your resistance to the test as a ball
in your chest; now bring it up and blow it out. (Go ahead, this
Like you, probably, I had no hours in the day as it was. Now
adding all this time studying (plus, ridiculously, blogging) has
neatly removed most fun/calming/soothing/anxiety-reducing activity
from each day. Didn't even get to my regular commute-easing
political blogs last week (strong recs: Left, Right and Center;
Slate Gabfest; The Bugle), instead dutifully filling my automotive
hour with company prep discs and The Social Work
Podcast. Helpful, but not exactly a lot of laffs.
What has worked in the past? Me, I like baths. Mindful
ones--noticing the dry and the wet, the sloshing sounds, the drip
of water traveling down the tile, etc. And here's why I got started
with that: I read some Jon Kabat-Zinn, used his meditation CDs.
Mindfulness. All good, all recommended for slowing down the day
here in test-prep time and, since this will all be over some day,
for those balmy LCSW days in the future. Can't hurt. (Titles go to
Wherever You Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Jon Kabat-Zinn),
Other Mindfulness Stuff at Amazon
This is good self-care and works with clients, too. Five stars
on the non-existent Social Work Test Prep Blog rating scale. Do
check them out.
UPDATE: Just launched--a "Social Work
Test Prep Book Store." Prep books are here.
Relaxation books and CDs