#Parental role in handling EXAMS STRESS
HELP THEM STUDY:
Parents could either help children study actively by actually helping them with their work or they could just provide them with a conducive and calm environment.
TAKE EFFORTS INTO MAKING THINGS EASIER FOR THEM:
Exam time and test time can put a lot of pressure on the children. At this point in time, make sure that you don't give the children a lot of chores around the house. Try as much as you can to not be cross with them at this point in time as well, to not increase the negativity that the child might be feeling about him/herself.
HELP THEM PLAN THEIR STUDIES:
If you don't think you are good at this, ask the children to talk to a teacher about coming up with a plan for a study that would include some amount of rest time as well. You could also do to make sure that the children stick to this exam preparation schedule as well.
MAKE SURE THEY DON'T OVERDO IT:
When a child is feeling stressed out about the exams, they will start overdoing it. They might start studying more than is good for them. Make sure that your child does study, but not at the cost of giving up on going out, having a leisurely workout or reading time, or TV.
MAKE SURE THEY GET FRESH AIR:
Fresh air and sunlight can do a lot to help children handle exam stress. Both these elements have a feel-good air to them and they can provide your children with a better and sweeter aura.
MAKE SURE THEY GET ENOUGH ACTIVITY:
When a person sits around and kind of passively works for a long time, the body might start becoming quite lethargic. Lethargy is not good for the body at all points of time, because it can also promote negative emotions among people. Hence, parents have to do all they can to make sure that their child gets enough workouts or any active activity. When a person exercises their body, a hormone called endorphin is released. Endorphins are feeling-good hormones, so they would certainly help the children deal with exam stress.
ENCOURAGE THE CHILDREN POSITIVELY:
While some amount of encouragement to do good in the exam is positive, it will not do to try forcing the child into studying more or better. In fact, negative pressure from parents does not help deal with exam stress, it adds to it. Parents who want to help children handle exam stress need to learn how to encourage them right. Just gentle, not overt support would be good.