Parents can do a lot to reduce exam
stress of their children. Read on to find what role parents can play to reduce
their child's exam stress.
Doing away with stress does not seem
to be possible these days. And during the exam months the stress levels for
both the parents and child escalates like never before. In order to help the
child cope with exam stress it is important for the parent to control their own stress
levels and ensure that the kid is in peace of mind when he or she sits for the
exams in the hall.
Behavioral experts and psychologists
opine that a little amount of stress is rather good for the child as it helps
them in a way to stay focused; they learn to take studies seriously and
therefore the probability of attaining good grades also increases considerably.
But when the stress levels go beyond the regular limit, it can be a cause of
concern as it affects the wellbeing. Stress results in confusion, exhaustion
and overwhelms the kid.
Helping Child to Reduce Exam Stress
So parents need to do their bit to
help the kid in this exam period.
Lighten the Environment of the House
There is no doubt about the fact
that exams are a serious thing and need to be handled seriously as well. This
calls for the enforcement of certain rules and a particular routine needs to be
maintained. So adherence to discipline is a must. But in most of the times it is noticed that
parents tend to go overboard with the routine. They make such stringent rules
that the kids feel literally tied down.
There is a talk of exams and studies
during every hour of the house. Remember the kid also needs some relaxation and
the persistent talk of studies will make the kid feel unduly pressurised as
they grow to believe that there is no respite from this routine. They
inevitably feel stressed out despite focusing enough on their lessons.
In order to reduce stress, the
parents can ensure that there is a family hour in the house where the kid can
join all the members and have a good time through playing games, doing some gardening, listening to music or may be plain chatting about the day.
Maintain the Regular Routine but Do Not act Like a Jailor
As said in the earlier point, it is
important to stick to the schedule as it ensures that there is a systematic routine
to follow and the focus lies on all the subjects and the exercises. But while
you encourage the kid to follow the routine make sure that you do not end up
screaming when the kid relaxes one task on a given day and desires to focus on
another or wishes to extend his play hour or break-time by another
half-an-hour. Be firm but human in your approach. At the same time ensure that
you are always available to the child. Help him deal with his doubts and
problems and this will greatly lighten the stress burden when they know that
you are there to help him in times of need.
Take Care of the Child's Diet
Children should always have their
diets monitored. It is the growing up phase of the child and as such the
parents need to ensure that all the nutritional requirements are met. During
exams there is a natural accompaniment of some degree of anxiety
and nervousness. As such special care must be taken regarding the diet of the
child. It ought to be as simple as possible and easily digestible. All fast
food and junk food should be avoided as they slow down the digestive system and
cause other associated problems. So keep the diet simple and balanced. Once the
regular metabolism is smooth, the stress levels will reduce automatically.