Exam time means stress time!
Though it seems to be a bold and unwelcoming statement it is right for many students. It is a call to be addressed with immense care.
Stress leads to a negative impact on the mind, health, and academic performance. Let us understand how your child can beat exam stress and say ‘No’ to stress.
As the new year, 2019 is near approaching, it is also an alarm for the exam. The final exams are fast approaching. Apart from preparing for the new year celebration, it is also time to get ready for the final exam preparation.
Every student would feel a kind of stress. And, many of them deal it by working seriously and achieve the desired result. However, there may be some students who may find it difficult to cope up with the exam preparation.
Here are some tips to beat exam stress.
What is a Stress?
Stress is a normal reaction or response of a body to any environmental stimulation or change. The response may be physical, mental or emotional.
For instance: The call of an exam may push the individual to study hard.
However, when the student fails to cope up with the change in the situation or does not feel relieved, then it is something serious. Stress, when not relieved, leads to distress, an adverse condition.
When we feel stressed, the brain releases cortisol hormone in high levels and it hampers the thinking ability and rational thoughts.
In an extreme situation, the distress may disturb the body’s balance. It can cause physical problems like headaches, elevated blood pressure, pain in the chest, an upset stomach, and, etc. The emotional problems include panic attack, anxiety, or worry. The mental problem includes depression.
And, in the worst situation, it may cause death due to heart disease, accidents, suicides, and other unpleasant conditions.
It is crucial to understand a few strategies and destress ourselves. Inculcating a mindful practices helps to de-stress.
If we consider the student life, some students fear for exams. They get agitated or carry suppressed feelings with the thought of the exam result. And, it is not a healthy sign.
Let us understand the ways to destress our students and help them from getting into the trap of stress.
3 Parental Tips to Beat Exam Stress
Help your child preparing for board exam to manage time efficiently. Chalk out a small timetable. Boost their confidence as they complete a part of the day or two. Small achievements make them eager and look forward to completing the other topics as mentioned in the timetable.
Keep off from social media:
Set your child’s screen time. See that they do not ponder over mobile and indulge in social talk. They should study continuously for an hour or so for a reward of ten minutes mobile. Checking the mobile during studies is the worst habit to kill time without productivity.
Spend time with children:
It is necessary to spend quality time with children. Know your child’s friends, habits, thinking ways, ambitions, and hobbies. Encourage them by rewarding something for a milestone they crossed successfully. Play with them for a few minutes, take a walk with them in the morning or evening. Spend quality time with your child always.
5 Student Tips to Beat Exam Stress
It is necessary to set things in an organized way from the start itself. It includes making the bed, arranging all the notes and text in order, setting the stationery items in working condition, keeping a diary, writing to-do-lists, and more will help the student to walk out of the stress easily. Keep your room clean all by yourself.
It is necessary to take a break from long study hours. Take a break of ten to fifteen minutes after a long hour of study. During this hour, have a small mental exercise.
The steps are as follows:
- Look your surrounding environment and observe any five things
- Listen to five sounds
- Sense any five objects with a touch
- Then try to do all the things at the moment
This helps you to draw attention in the present moment and concentrate more. This helps to free your mind from unwanted fear or negative thoughts regarding the exam.
Write about your worries:
Do not ponder over the worries or anxiety in the mind always. Just take a pen and jot down all the things that worry you. Write it, read it and throw away. You feel relaxed and stress-free. The refreshed mind help you keep going steadily with the studies.
Always have positive affirmations. A few of the affirmations include I am doing good, I will score high in the exam, learning is meaningful, I am focused, and more. Writing the things you are grateful keeps you calm and enthusiastic.
Science has proved that positive affirmations will keep a check on adrenaline hormone. It helps to reduce exam stress.
Cultivate good habits:
Cultivate and practice good habits like eating healthy food at a regular interval, taking adequate good night sleep, exercising the body and mind for physical and mental fitness, reducing sugar intake, avoiding caffeine, breathing exercise to reduce cortisol, etc., helps you keep in sound health.
A healthy mind and body are necessary to keep off the stress.
Focus on Progress:
It is necessary to pat yourself for small achievement made through. Celebrate small successes and achievements. Set realistic goals and make a sincere effort to fulfill it. Take time to make contributions in school and home.
Spend time with friends and family happily sharing things, and doing small chores at home. Always think of progress you have achieved and do not grumble over perceived or imaginary failure. Be kind to yourself.
Exam time means it is exam time for both parent and the child. Having a great family time and encouragement at home builds the child’s confidence.
Things are always comfortable when made easy. Give no chance to build stress in the student’s life.
Things are simple. Let it be simple.