Parents have an important role to
play for reducing exam stress in children. Read on to find tips for reducing
It is the often repeated and the most
disliked advice to students that if you want to beat exam stress, study well.
This is due to the fact that exam stress is found to usually occur to students
who are inadequately prepared. But then the parents and teachers also should
not overlook the fact that exams are a big deal for the students these days.
They are aware of the reality and they will be evaluated with their grades and
they must ensure that they attain good grades in their tests.
It is the realisation of this fact that
results in the pressure build up and then there are associative reasons that
ensure its escalation to dangerous heights. Thus exam stress does not occur to
â€˜weakâ€™ students alone and the very best fall victim to it.
Exam stress is a reality for majority of
the students and steps must be taken to counter it so that the performance
remains unaffected. Exams should be comprehended as a part of studentâ€™s life
and not a life-changing event. Just by inducing small differences in the
regular physical and mental approach, exam stress can be battled successfully.
Given below are a few tips for parents that can effectively reduce exam stress:
on a Healthy Diet
healthy is very important during exams.
Controlling the thoughts that result in anxiety
and stress might be difficult but the body can surely be prevented from
behaving in a hostile manner and adding to the pressure. Diet is just a means
to control it. The food choices over time, that is much before your scheduled
exam date, need to be properly balanced. Parents should put emphasis on beginning
the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Skipping breakfast due to a
fast schedule is a bad idea as it makes the body weak and concentration levels
fall. Parents should make sure that their children have a healthy
Junk food must be totally shunned. They
compromise on the desired nutrition
and add just fat, salt and extra calories. Remember diet must always be
balanced. But a little indulgence is not bad. A bowl of ice-cream or a packet
of chips is acceptable in the evening if the kids had their share of adequate
nutrition throughout the day. When kids have a desire of munching, snacking of
fruit slices is a healthy option. A diet on corn or â€˜Daliaâ€™ is light and healthy and can prevent stomach discomfort.
the Daily Activity
The child should be encouraged to adopt
a healthy routine as far as daily physical activity and rest is concerned; even
more so during the exams. Stress build up induces the feeling of lethargy.
Ensure that the child has adequate physical activity throughout the day. There
should be planned exercise schedules, be it the form of regular workouts, an
hour of outdoor games or dancing or swimming classes. This will reduce stress
levels as the body will feel energised and mind relaxed at the same time.
Similarly, make sure that the child has
adequate rest too. Studying late night and simply staying awake or having a
disturbed sleep cycle enhances stress as the body does not get the opportunity
to reenergise itself. So steps should be taken to avoid such situations. If
need be the problem should be approached on medical terms.
Psychological Approach for Reducing Exam Stress
As a part of reducing exam stress, there is a psychological approach as well.
Psychological approach works in
reference to regular habits. The child must be encouraged to feel comfortable
and develop a positive approach. This will help him relax, boost the self
confidence and the mind will be increasingly alert. It will help him in
charting out a proper study plan, follow it and concentrate on his lessons and
revisions. He will have a clear mind to assess his condition and take steps to
improve it if need be. All these efforts will have a positive impact in beating
A constant support from parents will
make children feel secure and comfortable and in a better position to discuss
their difficulties which can in turn be handled and solved by the parent. The
emotional baggage will be less and the mind more clear. Another tip to beat
exam stress is not to give importance to exams more than it deserves.
Remember the child also needs time
to relax and the entertainment hour is as important for his relaxation as the
exam hour. So help the child to unwind in a way that he prefers. Keep them at
ease. Talk to them to boost their self confidence. Stress will automatically
take a backseat.