How kids can deal with exam stress?

How kids can deal with exam stress? 


Here are some useful tips to cope with exam stress.


By India Today Web Desk : It is said that school and college life are full of great fun and excitement, but they are also tiring and stressful. Students can be stressed about exams, projects, and their submissions.

The competition is just as fierce! Stress related to exams at such a young age might be bad for children's mental and physical health.

We all had the same expectations as kids: get an A to be promoted to the next level, get a good job, and live the life we wanted.

But this expectation of being the brightest student can be so stressful for kids! Every child, as we all know, is unique, as is the way they learn and develop.


LOOK OUT FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS OF STRESS:


1. Worry a lot
2. feel tense
3. Suffer headaches and stomachaches.
4-not sleep well
5-be irritable
6-lose interest in meals or eat more than usual
7-stop enjoying activities they used to enjoy
8-be negative and depressed
9- Have no hope for the future

It can be beneficial to talk to someone about their work. A parent, instructor, or study partner can offer support by listening to your concerns and helping you put things in perspective.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW TO TACKLE EXAM STRESS


1. TIME MANAGEMENT


Manage your time and organise yourself accordingly. Try to do smart work rather than hard work. Study the things you feel are most important first. If you have your tasks and activities set in advance, you'll think more strategically about how much time it will take you to complete the particular part. Don't undervalue the significance of time management.


2. GOOD EAT, SLEEP AND EXERCISE PROPERLY


Waking up all night, anxiety can be exacerbated by a poor or unsanitary diet or a lack of physical activity. Make sure that you can get eight hours of sleep, eat a healthy, protein-rich diet, consume more water, and do half an hour of exercise a day. This will make you more productive.


3. DON'T PANIC


Panicking before exams is very common among students. When you feel yourself panicking, just stay there for a while, take a deep breath, keep yourself hydrated, and then go back to studying. Remember, there's always a solution for every problem, and no exam can ever decide your future. Learn and understand things for yourself and your knowledge.


4. ASK FOR HELP, IF REQUIRED


If you feel lost somewhere or can't understand anything, the best way is to talk it out. Talk to your teachers, friends, or parents about how you should go back.

Don't be afraid to ask your teacher or mentor about something. They're always there to help you. Also, friends play a major role here. Friends are the best listeners, as we usually understand what they say more than any teacher, and they can guide you. So, find yourself a friend who can help you with academics and aid you in dealing with exam stress.


5. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM DISTRACTIONS:


Distraction can be harmful in any form. The biggest distractions for today's kids are smartphones and electronic gadgets. Keep your electronic gadgets away while you are studying. Also, keep them switched off so that you won't get distracted by the notifications. Make this one of your study habits and see if you lose focus easily or not!


6. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS:


Don't study for longer hours without any breaks. Take regular and sufficient breaks. Studying for 6-7 hours straight without any breaks can be harmful and make your learning process slow, and you won't be able to keep everything in mind. Take regular breaks, breathe, eat fruit, do some stretching, and then get back to work again.


7. MAINTAIN A CLEAN AND UNTIDY DESK AND WORKSPACE


An untidy desk means a cluttered mind. If you're working on a messed up desk, your mind will probably get overloaded with a lot of thoughts, and you won't be able to focus in one place. So keep your study area organised to study efficiently.

Dr Jyoti Kapoor, Founder and Senior Psychiatrist, Manasthali

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