Breathe in, breathe out and let go of all the worries! This is how Anavi Khetarpal, Class 9 student of Maxfort School, Dwarka battles with stress. “Since I was born in the United States of America, I found it difficult to cope with the Indian educational system and this was causing a lot of anxiety. With Board exams just round the corner, the level of stress increased. This is when my mother introduced me to sudarshan kriya, a breathing exercise. Practicing meditation daily not only keeps stress at bay, it also helps me learn fast, and retain longer, without getting distracted,” says Khetarpal.
Satvika Jain, a Class 11 student, Cambridge Foundation School, believes some amount of stress is necessary. “I work well under pressure and those last minute study sessions enable my brain to work at its best,” says Jain. As to what helps her de-stress while preparing for exams, Jain says, “Music and novels are my saviours. Novels are very effective for me, as I get lost in the story and can completely forget my exam worries. Music helps in lifting up my mood.”
All said and done, parental expectations remain a major concern for students attempting their Board exams this year. “My mother adds to my stress by constantly telling me about her expectations and comparing me with other classmates who are ‘so very perfect’ in their studies. The only way to deal with this situation is to reassure her that I’ll do well,” says Jain.
While Khetarpal says that she gets weighed down by the ­expectations of her parents, she finds it easy to diffuse the stress generated from these expectations. “Generally this pressure creates a rift between students and their parents. Open communication between the two is the only solution,” she says.
In the words of Harshit Singh Oberoi, a Class 10 student from Maxfort, “I let my parents know my need for space and they respect it. Spending time with them is the best way to ­unwind.”