For young people, examinations can be a difficult experience. This is a sometimes-fraught period in a teenager’s life especially. Hormones, worries about friends or the future in general can all add to the sense of panic.
It’s vital that young people learn how to manage the stress so that it doesn’t get on top of them. Here are some top stress busting techniques which your child can practice alone or with others.
- Mindfulness – taught in many schools, mindfulness is a sort of easy meditation which can bring the present into focus and stop the worries of everyday life from taking over. It’s simple to learn and just involves stopping everything, sitting calmly and listening to the sounds around you. Taking notice of the sights and the smells and just allowing yourself to be.
- Physical exercise – a great way to release endorphins and refresh the mind is to engage in some sort of physical exercise. Walking, running, or jogging are all free and healthy and can be done in small bursts. Alternatively consider enrolling your child into an online keep fit class which they can do alone.
- Staying hydrated – this is a surprising one, but good hydration does reduce stress. Without enough water in our bodies, we are more susceptible to the effects of dehydration which can cause headaches and irritability.
- Avoiding junk food – junk food such as processed meats, chemical-laden sweets and cakes and fizzy drinks all act to stress us out. When we eat things like this our digestion becomes sluggish and our energy levels are reduced. Even sleep is affected – and without enough sleep, stress levels rise. Stick to a healthy, natural diet during examination periods.
- Sleep hygiene – this means keeping to a strict bedtime routine. It means clean, cotton bedlinen and a room which is dark enough to allow for proper sleep. Bedrooms should not be too warm or too cold and devices should be turned off. Good sleep is what keeps us going – when you’re up late, you’ll be tired and irritable and unable to study or work effectively.
Helping your child to instigate stress-busting techniques in their lives is one of the best ways to empower them to study and learn effectively. Keep your child in a positive frame of mind with plenty of positive reinforcement as this sixth form in Hertfordshire suggests.