Self-Care Tips During Examination Time


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When the examinations are right around the corner, it can be a cause of stress and anxiety for students. Of course, this is inevitable, as these feelings do tend to crop up during important life events. To help your child cope better during this stressful period, we have compiled some self-care tips that they can practise: 1. Set aside time to relax


Revising is important, but it is equally important to set aside some time for your child to relax and take a breather. In between study sessions, they can set aside some time to listen to some music, go for a walk, or even practise relaxation techniques such as meditation! These short breaks can really refresh their tired minds and keep them going.


2. Have a conducive study environment


Ensure your child’s study space is conducive to their learning. It is important that they feel comfortable and productive in their space. Are they more comfortable with a silent space or do they prefer some soft background music? Are they more productive in a familiar space like their bedroom or in outside environments such as a library? It is ideal to find a place that works to serve your child’s studying needs best.


3. Ensure proper nutrition and hydration


It is essential for our bodies to be given the nutrients it needs to be productive. Your child may miss out on getting enough water or food as they get caught up in their revision. A suggestion to help with this would be to set reminders throughout the day to ensure your child is eating regularly and drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day.


4. Encourage your child to seek help


Encourage your child to clarify their doubts with their teachers to ensure they have complete understanding of the subject matter. This will help them in their revision to close any gaps in their knowledge. Assure your child that there is nothing wrong in seeking out extra help if they need it, as this will be beneficial for them in the long run.


5. Help them manage their emotions by showing them how


The exam period can cause your child to feel overwhelmed and irritable. While these feelings are completely valid and normal, it is equally important that they learn to manage these feelings. You can help your child learn how to manage and regulate their emotions by modelling appropriate behaviour. For example, you can practise the 4-7-8 breathing technique with them to show how this can help reduce stress.


6. Get enough sleep


A good night’s sleep is vital for mental health and well-being. It may be tempting for your child to burn the midnight oil in order to maximise their revision time, but it is far more important to get enough sleep so they can take on the new day and their exam papers with a fresh and well-rested mind.


We hope the tips provided in this article will help your child have productive and effective revision sessions, while at the same time not neglecting their physical and mental well-being. TWC is rooting for them as they go off to conquer their papers!


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References:


"6 Easy Ways To Practice Self-Care While Studying". 2022. Dosomething.Org. https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/self-care-study-guide.


"10 Self-Care Tips For Exams | UWA Student Guild". 2022. UWA Student Guild. https://www.uwastudentguild.com/blog/2019/10/31/10-self-care-tips-for-exams.


“How to use 4-7-8 breathing for anxiety”. 2019. Medical News Today.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324417


Pelini, Sanya. “An Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Kids Manage Emotions.” 2021. The Gottman Institute. https://www.gottman.com/blog/age-age-guide-helping-kids-manage-emotions.



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