Coping up with Exam Stress- Let’s break up!!!!!!!!!!
The month of April is regarded as the “Stress Awareness month” and the biggest stress that people deal in this month is for their child’s testing period. Since 1992, this month is considered to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. In most of the states and cities around the world children of all ages are stressing themselves about the upcoming standardized testing or the final examinations in schools or colleges. It is not only children who are stressed but it is the parents too who are equitably harrowed about their child’s academic performance. Everything seems to come to a pause for a month-family gatherings, outings, get togethers, sports and activities etc. and the most credible and universal excuse is “Kids have their final tests!!!!”.
We all must realize that this stress is impacting people of all ages. Children feel sad, frustrated, and helpless thus causing difficulty in concentrating and fabricating decisive decisions. Children often complain of headaches, stomach aches and body aches while burning the candles at both ends.
There are many ways to cope up with stress and assuage stress in our life. This goes a long way in having a stress free, flourishing, and conclusive life.
Here are some of the ways how we can prepare our children to have stress free mind set and gear up for testing-
1. The first rule is to not to wait until the last minute. Don’t thrive on cramming all the time.
2. Organize your study space well and have everything ready for what you need.
3. Drink lots of water and take frequent mental breaks to reinvigorate and exhilarate your mind.
4. Family members need to support the children preparing strenuously for examinations or standardized tests.
5. Review your notes well before taking your test.
6. Getting enough sleep before going for the test helps in being more focused and keep your nose to the grindstone.
7. Focus on your strengths and keep your stressors in perspective.
8. Incorporate exciting activities or hobbies in your daily routine during testing days that makes you happy and relaxed.
9. Involve yourself in some kind of physical activity that takes off stress and making you feel better, IT can be a stroll in the park, playing basketball or soccer with friends, going for a hike with your family and pet etc.
10. Get hold of someone who can understand you and be a support.
11. Last but not the least, be calm and be POSITIVE. Just work on your time management skills and utilize your time wisely.
So, my dear readers, now is the time to buckle up and bend over backwards to support your children. Let’s go an extra mile and help our children to come out with flying colors. They will certainly ace the test and be on the crest of a wave.
Good luck for testing and may every child be on cloud nine!!! You’ve got this!!!!!
Ms. Gagan Dhir