It`s that time of the year! Exams are looming on the horizon and you and the kids are reeling with exam fever. How can you cope with this stressful situation, and assist your kids to survive it well? Are there any foolproof formulas? Can you prevent them from a burn out even before the exams begin? Can you help them fight fatigue and exhaustion?
Step it up...
Studying involves being glued to the chair. Encourage the kids to walk around in between. It improves circulation and relieves the boredom of just staying put! Ideally walk around every half hour for a few minutes. This relieves the boredom and renews energy. It also gives your tired eyes a well-deserved break!
Sleep on it...
Nothing refreshes you and your mind, better than good, sound sleep! It is absolutely essential. See that the kids get a good night`s sleep. If they are determined to burn the midnight oil, at least ensure they take 15-20 minute cat naps. A hot glass of milk at bedtime will relax and induce sleep. A warm bath before bedtime also helps to relax, and consequently, sleep well.
- Avoid watching too much of TV. Thrillers or horror movies stimulate the brain
- Light, soothing music is fine, but avoid loud rock or heavy metal.
- Don`t force the kids to study if they don`t want to. See that their study pattern follows regularity more than last minute cramming.
- Keep junk food away. Nutritious, wholesome food is what they need. Remember, what they eat, is what they derive energy from. Give them fruit, fruit juices, nuts, fresh vegetables, dairy products and home cooked meals.
- Don`t allow kids to binge. Set regular meal times, and stick to them. Regularity pays off.
- Ensure they get some exercise and fresh air every day. A short walk or a stroll on the terrace will make a difference.
- Prohibit non-stop cramming. Restrict study sessions to two or three hours at a stretch. The brain has an optimum level that it can absorb. Longer hours don`t necessarily translate as better study.
Last, but not the least, keep stress levels down: yours and your kid`s. Make timetables and schedules and stick to them as far as possible. Share your secret mantra with your kids, and help them fight exam fever to the best of their ability.