The super-stressful time of the year is here again. Blame it on the increasing competition or sometimes, parental pressure, exam stress is ever growing and tension brews every year. Even after studying for a whole year, a child is assessed with a few-hour test. Examinations are no longer seen as a positive challenge, rather they have become a way to judge students on just one perspective: How well they have done in their academics?
All these viewpoints leave children as well as parents to freak-out during these stressful months. They become stressed, anxious and restless, which may not only impact your child's performance but also could be hazardous to his mental and physical well-being. TOI health team has curated some beneficial and effective tips for parents as well as children to cope with exam stress and nervousness.
As much as the pressure brews on children, so it does for the parents who too get stressed and tensed. The simple tip is: rather than freaking out, help your child stay stress-free and help him with his studies.
TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN: Often parents leave their children in an aloof room so as to make them concentrate on their curriculum. Indeed, your child needs peace and concentration, but ensure they shouldn’t be left alone for a longer duration. Don’t stop them from playing for at least an hour or if they want to indulge in any other activity, let them do that. Also, talk to them about exam stress if you sense any discomfort. This would help them in relieving stress and anxiety.
IT’S OKAY IF THEIR ROOM IS MESSY: If your child leaves room messy, that’s okay. Don’t pressurize them for extra chores. Remember, they are already stressed and making them do little things will not give them space, when they can focus on their studies.