How to Help your Child De-Stress During Exam Season

In the grand scheme of your child’s schooling experience, the overall examination period is a relatively short one.  So, if you are able to make allowances and offer them extra TLC in the next few weeks, then you will help them deal with a stressful period as productively and calmly as possible.  This article will provide information on some top tips to implement into the family routine.

Helping Them Understand Exam Stress

Exam period can be stressful and helping your child identify why they are feeling stressed, how these feelings are being manifested, and when they are being experienced can be useful.  In some cases, stress can be beneficial; however, when a person becomes “overly stressed” it results in anxiety and this is problematic.

To help manage this issue, it is important that you discuss ways in which they can reduce both their short-term and long-term stress – as well as how you can assist them in doing this.

Mindfulness and meditation can be advantageous to deal with stress.  Try having them download a guided app on their mobile phones, such as HeadSpace or Smiling Mind, then consider meditating together.

Always remind them that there is life following high school exams, regardless of the outcome.  This will help them relieve some of the exam pressure.

Help them to draft different methods of relaxing and this can be their “go-to” guide when they begin feeling stressed, or if they are on scheduled study breaks.

Help your child set up a good study area.  The study area contributes dramatically to their psychological well-being and productivity.  Somewhere organized, quiet and without any distractions is the ideal option.

Help them form a study plan dividing their greater objectives into smaller, more realistic and achievable goals.

Form a study timetable that includes times to relax, socialize and de-stress.

Give them a break from their regular household chores.  If you are able to, do not ask them to take time away from studying for any activity that is not an emergency.  Try to coordinate your time and other tasks around their set schedule.

Help your child to eat well, remain active and keep a good sleeping pattern.

Combine exercise and non-study activities with the study schedule.  For example, make some time to walk together as a family in the part.  This is beneficial because it gets them outside to enjoy fresh air, which helps with mental health and productivity.

If you prepare the child’s meals, make the meals nutritious and balanced avoiding any processed foods.

Take the stress off them with a little extra help with the subject that concerns them most. For example, if it’s maths, then get online maths tuition.

Encourage the child to drink lots of water reducing their sugar and caffeine consumption.  Sugar and caffeine can result in anxious or hyper behavior.  The recommended daily amount for teenagers is no more than 100ml of caffeine per day.

While looking after your child, you should take care of yourself.  Exam periods can be stressful for parents and children, so you should take time to relax and manage your stress.  By managing your stress, you will be better equipped to help your child deal with theirs.