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Parents can play vital role in handling exam stress

punjab Updated: Mar 05, 2014 20:45 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

Each year, as exams commence, children often experience stress, anxiety, languidness and loss of appetite. Putting other things aside, students try to concentrate on studies alone - many even study late till night, before getting up early in the morning for a final revision. That is not all, the study session continues till a few minutes before getting into the exam hall, clearly indicating the amount of stress students are surrounded with during the examination season.

It is a sensitive time for both the students and their parents, therefore, parents must ensure and give them extra attention and care. Make certain that children take regular breaks during study hours, take proper sleep and have a balanced diet.

Any kind of physical activity is a must while preparing for the exams, says Jagjeevan Kaur, retired deputy director of sports (DOS), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

"From my experience with my children, I know that they have a lot to cover as there is plenty of syllabus. I suggest them to do light exercises in between the preparation. Taking a walk with parents or friends, even for 30 minutes, can help lower stress levels," Kaur says, before adding, "Parents must remind children about regular beaks as they usually remain over indulged in their preparation and forget taking breaks. Also, children must try to study with ease, without taking tension, as it will only give a tough time to their brain".

Physical activities play an important role to unwind the stressful mind, Kaur further shares.

Renowned Gurgaon-based children's author Anushka Ravishankar shares a few stress-busters with us.

Children must be given plenty to eat and drink as most of their energy gets utilised in their busy study hours during exams. "Children feel really hungry during their preparation hours, so they must be provided with a balanced diet. Oily and junk foods should be avoided as it makes them lethargic. Small snacks at regular intervals are good to go to beat the hunger", she says, while adding, "Good sleep is also essential to ensure that the brain functions actively. This can also help the child remain active during the examination session".

In a nutshell, children must avoid overburdening themselves. They must maintain a healthy lifestyle and ditch exam fever. Parents, too, must co-operate and bring out the best in their kids during this time.