WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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living with kids relationships parenting life lessons family matters emotional growth teenage years Befriending the Butterflies Twenty-five Ways to Improve Test Scores L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer DREAMSTIME growing up most students know the vague, unsettled feeling of butterflies in the stomach that often occur before or during a test. The mixture of adrenaline and cortisol that enters the bloodstream as a result of test-related stress can increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rhythm. If you are lucky, the accompanying fluttery feeling serves to heighten your awareness, potentially enhancing your test performance, and eventually subsides. If you We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 are not so lucky, it can morph into an anxious state, complete with sweaty palms, pounding headaches, and even blank stares at your exam booklet, the net result of which is generally an inaccurate reflection of your knowledge. This reaction to stress is not a 21st-century phenomenon, nor is it limited to test-taking; indeed your ancestors experienced the same fight-or-flight response when they were faced with perceived danger, most likely an attacking prehistoric animal rather than an upcoming 144

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