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Handling stress during exams

Each year, as the exams commence children often experience stress, anxiety, languidness, loss of appetite and much more that can put them to worry. They give up everything to concentrate on their studies. In many cases students study for long hours.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 04, 2014 13:24 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

Each year, as the exams commence children often experience stress, anxiety, languidness, loss of appetite and much more that can put them to worry. They give up everything to concentrate on their studies. In many cases students study for long hours.

Often they are seen, revising their notes even before few minutes of the examination session which clearly underlines their stress.

In other words, it is a sensitive time for them when parents must ensure to give them sheer support and care. One should ensure that children take regular breaks during study hours, take proper sleep and have well balanced diet.

Jagjeevan Kaur, a retired Deputy Director of Sports (DOS) from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) suggests, that some kind of physical activity is must while preparing for an exam. “I have also seen my children preparing for exams and I know that children have lot to cover due to lot of syllabus but all I can suggest is to take light exercises in between the hours of preparation.

Taking a walk with parents or friends in a nearby park even for thirty minutes can be worth which can help lower the stress levels or languidness that one adopts while studying regularly”, maintains Kaur.

She further adds, “Parents have to remind them about regular beaks as children usually remain over indulged in their preparation and forget taking breaks. And, children should take all their subjects on an easy note as taking too much of tension for the preparation can give an arduous time to the brain”.

Kaur has rightly expressed that physical activities play an important role to unwind the stressful mind. After all, it has been rightly said that "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy".

Talking to the famous Gurgaon based children’s author Anuksha Ravishankar about the same, she says that children must be given plenty to eat and drink as during exams most of their energy gets utilized in their busy study hours. “Children feel really hungry during their preparation hours so they must be provided with well balanced diet.

What should be avoided are oily and junk meals as they can make them lethargic. Small snacks at regular intervals is also worth to beat the hunger”, she says while adding, “Good sleep is also essential to ensure the brain actively functions. This can also help the child to remain active during the examination session”.

In nutshell, children must avoid over burdening themselves with the fever of exams. They must maintain a healthy and ecstatic lifestyle rather than throwing themselves on a stressful path. And, Parents can certainly play an essential role in ensuring that they remain stress free.