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How To Deal With Exam Stress?

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Feb 27, 2018 | 11 : 00 AM to 12 : 00 PM

Do you and your child feel drained during or before exam time due to stress? REGISTER NOW for a LIVE CHAT with our Education Expert, Swapna Nair, award-winning Parent-Child Therapist and Educational Counsellor and get your answers on “What will help you and your child de-stress during exam season?



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My child tend to develop stomach ache and generally doesnt sleep well during exams as parent we have....

My child tend to develop stomach ache and generally doesnt sleep well during exams as parent we have not put pressure on him so far what to do?

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Stomach pain is due to stress. Do consult a doctor if it is worrying. Even if you do not stress your child some children are very anxious by nature. Give Motivating talks. Be near and observe them. Gently guide them back to studies. Talk about the positives and assure of your support. Listen to them. Guide them into setting a realistic time table. Having a banana after meal. Keep meals very light A warm cup of milk and warm body shower will help in relaxing. When he goes to bed play soft music. Be in the same room and talk other things till he sleeps off. 2018-02-27 11:00:01
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Be your cheerful selves.One parent has to be at home near your childduring these stressful moments. 2018-02-27 11:01:24
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Have family meals together 2018-02-27 11:01:39
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My child is not sleeping well because of exam anxiety. I am getting nervous myself. My child is good....

My child is not sleeping well because of exam anxiety. I am getting nervous myself. My child is good in studies but lacks confidence. Please advise.

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Give your child complete and unconditional support. when you are nervous avoid being in the same room. Walk away, have some water and then come back. 2018-02-27 11:03:43
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I am having breakdowns often. And so is my child. 2018-02-27 11:04:03
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A warm cup of milk and warm body shower will help your child relax 2018-02-27 11:04:11
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Thank you ma'am 2018-02-27 11:04:32
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Focus o nwriting your fears down. Tell this to your child too. 2018-02-27 11:05:01
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But at times, I am loosing patience and I scold him 2018-02-27 11:05:05
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What will happen at the worst? How will you celebrate when yo udo well? Both of you will write down and discuss. 2018-02-27 11:05:32
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i will try this today itself 2018-02-27 11:05:45
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Whn you feel the irritation rising walk away. Go to the kitchen and chewo n something. I suggest you keep some candies or ginger sweet . Or just take sips of water 2018-02-27 11:06:18
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i will buy today only 2018-02-27 11:06:32
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During an emergency our body shuts down. Treat this as an emrgency. But instead of panicking, talk softly, smile and laugh and breathe deeply. Your body will be confused. You are fooling your body. Attention will shift. And the panic attack will not happen 2018-02-27 11:07:40
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Banana is a great fruit to lift spirits 2018-02-27 11:07:58
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this is very very helpful ma'am 2018-02-27 11:08:20
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keep dry fruits and plenty of water all around 2018-02-27 11:08:28
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I hope I can help my child 2018-02-27 11:08:39
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When yo uhelp yourslef yo uwill help your child. Rememebr our stressa nd worry transfers to the child 2018-02-27 11:09:04
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If your husband is beterr at handling then let him be bearer to your child. Ask him to be near him at bed time. Read out an article, share a joke , listen to soothing music together silently till he drifts off. 2018-02-27 11:09:51
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Keep balloons with you . Blowing up a balloon is fun but very good for deep breathing. 2018-02-27 11:10:18
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thank you ma'am 2018-02-27 11:10:30
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Hello mam my child is in grade 5 she does well in all the exams but only during maths she is nervou....

Hello mam my child is in grade 5 she does well in all the exams but only during maths she is nervous. she also secures good marks in all the subjects including maths but gets nervous suggest us what to do

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Some amount of nervousness is good and motivating. Does her nervousness affect her writing the exams? 2018-02-27 11:11:19
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From next year do math everyday and guide her in doing time based math tests at home, online so that she gets really good at cracking tests 2018-02-27 11:12:02
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How can I help my child relax? He is unable to focus on revision due to too much tension. Please hel....

How can I help my child relax? He is unable to focus on revision due to too much tension. Please help me.

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Simple mindfulness is good for relaxing. During revision, study in time slotso f 1 hour study and 5 min break. Duringthe break let him have dry fruits or banana and sip on water. He can also listen to instrumental music for relaxing. 2018-02-27 11:13:52
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Even if you do not stress your child some children are very anxious by nature. Give Motivating talks. Be near and observe them. Gently guide them back to studies. Talk about the positives and assure of your support. Listen to them. Guide them into setting a realistic time table. Having a banana after meal. Keep meals very light A warm cup of milk and warm body shower will help in relaxing. When he goes to bed play soft music. Be in the same room and talk other things till he sleeps off. 2018-02-27 11:14:12
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Deep breathing, pranayama, kapalpathi are goodtechniques. 2018-02-27 11:14:28
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Just staring at a pleasant picture for a couple of minutes, talking about /other stuff' like current affairs to distract from the exam stress will help 2018-02-27 11:15:33
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It is important for us parents to remain calm. This will help our child. Some amount of tension and stress is positive 2018-02-27 11:16:43
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My child is not ready to study before the exam time and I am unable to get her do the revision becau....

My child is not ready to study before the exam time and I am unable to get her do the revision because of which consistently her marks are low. She just pretends to be ill and also doesnt eat well while the exams are on..

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Hi kalpana, is your child having learning difficulties. Sometimes such difficulties can be damaging to the child's self esteem and adds to the fear. 2018-02-27 11:18:26
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hello mam 2018-02-27 11:18:33
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I suggest you have an assessment done by a clinical psychologist. Suitbale intervention can then be done 2018-02-27 11:18:48
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She doesnt have the any learning disability 2018-02-27 11:18:53
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She has scored really good marks in all the term end exams too 2018-02-27 11:19:35
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However only when it comes to thorough studies and preparation. she runs away 2018-02-27 11:20:04
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Even if you do not stress your child some children are very anxious by nature. Give Motivating talks. Be near and observe them. Gently guide them back to studies. Talk about the positives and assure of your support. Listen to them. Guide them into setting a realistic time table. Having a banana after meal. Keep meals very light A warm cup of milk and warm body shower will help in relaxing. When she goes to bed play soft music. Be in the same room and talk other things till she sleeps off. 2018-02-27 11:20:18
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So help her to study for shorter duration. Set time slots of 30 minutes +5 minute breaks. This will ensure distraction enough not to stress her 2018-02-27 11:21:10
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Both of you sit and write the following in a book: What is the worst that can happen? How will I celebrate my acheivement. Compare notes and discuss. A talk will lighten 2018-02-27 11:21:55
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Ok.I will try but sometimes she gets stubborn and starts throwing off things and in turn to avoid it we try and leave her which is the reason why she is unable to do the revision specially a day before teh exams 2018-02-27 11:22:04
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Allow the tantrum as it is her way of dealing. when she calms down ask her if it helped. Then take it from there. Keep a few balloons near by .She can blow them up and burst them. Blowing up balloons will help in deep breathing too. 2018-02-27 11:23:15
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ok. balloon is a good way to help her make calm 2018-02-27 11:23:47
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anything else that I could do mam. 2018-02-27 11:24:15
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Unwind together by having meals together, joke and discuss current affairs during meals 2018-02-27 11:24:39
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You remaining calm is most important. When yo ufeel anxious, walk away from her as it will transfer. 2018-02-27 11:25:08
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sure . I do all this its only when I open the books she starts behaving weird. 2018-02-27 11:25:08
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For easier subjects like English, History and Science she cooperates 2018-02-27 11:25:43
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So mentally prepare her. tell her that in fifiteenm inutes time she has to study. She will throw tantrum and when she sttles down ask her if it helped and and then aske her if she would study. Give her the option 2018-02-27 11:26:01
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But for Maths, Sanskrit she doesnt 2018-02-27 11:26:06
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ok 2018-02-27 11:26:14
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How can I help my child not take so much tension before exams? Because of so much worry my child is....

How can I help my child not take so much tension before exams? Because of so much worry my child is unable to memorize or remember anything.

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• It is very very important that children get 7-8 hours sleep during this period. Be very firm about setting rules to sleep. • If your child is too stressed, take them out for a short walk, or go to the terrace for 10 minutes. Have them take a warm shower. Give a glass of warm milk. And ensure that they lie down. Be around for a while and have a relaxed conversation. • Deep breathing together will help both parent and child especially when you do it together. 2018-02-27 11:30:28
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Even if you do not stress your child some children are very anxious by nature. Give Motivating talks. Be near and observe them. Gently guide them back to studies. Talk about the positives and assure of your support. Listen to them. Guide them into setting a realistic time table. Having a banana after meal. Keep meals very light A warm cup of milk and warm body shower will help in relaxing. When he goes to bed play soft music. Be in the same room and talk other things till he sleeps off. 2018-02-27 11:31:10
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Keep balloons in handy for deep breathing. When you feel nervous move away. Calm yourself and come back. Have family meals together. Keep them well hydrated. Keep nutritious snacks nearby and all around 2018-02-27 11:31:28
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I also suggest that you and your child write out answers to: What is the worst that can happen? How will I celebrate by acheivement? Write answers and share and discuss. 2018-02-27 11:32:15
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My daughter started crying before the exams and I have been sitting with her at the school during th....

My daughter started crying before the exams and I have been sitting with her at the school during the exams. School teachers have been very cooperative and have allowed me to be in the school but I want her to be her own during the exams. She is 6 years and since last 1 year around class 5 she has been behaving in such a manner. please help

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It is time for you to stop being at school. Allow her to handle it on her own. She needs motivation and encouragement.Tell her that you will support her and be her best friend even if she does not do well. 2018-02-27 11:37:12
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During the holidays I suggest you seek a counsellor for this. 2018-02-27 11:37:54
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it is normal for children to be anxious. 2018-02-27 11:38:15
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Set a proper sleep awake routine. Give light and nutritious meals, snacks. 2018-02-27 11:38:50
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Do not express your anxiety in front of her. Distract her with light hearted banter 2018-02-27 11:39:22
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my son pees in pants going to school and while in exams and is too embarrasing for me as a mother, o....

my son pees in pants going to school and while in exams and is too embarrasing for me as a mother, otherwise he is cheerful and confident. he is 5 yrs old.

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Some children are more anxious than others. He will outgrow this habit. It is a way of coping. See that you do not use the word exam as a worrisome entity. We don't realise but we do transfer our anxiety to our children. Prepare him mentally before a test. Avoid liquid food like milk before the exam. Make him empty the bladder thoroughly before sending him to school. You could use a diaper during exam time to avoid embarrassment. This is a temporary measure. Before the exam, help him do art work. Ask him to think of exams, take a colour and just scribble r colour a blank sheet. Ask him why he chose the colour. Help him speak out. Then ask him to choose an alternate colour. Then ask how he feels. 2018-02-27 11:43:01
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How to help the child not getting nervous at the time of writing the exams when I am not there with....

How to help the child not getting nervous at the time of writing the exams when I am not there with her. As my child complains of missing out questions and concepts after getting nervous at the time of exams.

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As parents we cannot be with our children during any exam. For the next academic year, help her by giving mock exams and tests- timebound- for her. Set an exam like atmosphere. Such mock tests will help her understand her weak points. Setting a proper sleep-awake pattenr helps. Light nutritious food, family meals, talking other stuff destresses all. ASk her to write ansers to: What is the worst that can happen ? and How iwll i celebrate my win? discuss the answers. Remind her that making errors is positive as it helps her to understand her self better and more. she can then work on her weaknesses. Ask her to brainstorm for solutions. write them down and make a poster of it 2018-02-27 11:47:55
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My child is appearing for 10th boards. My child is throwing up regularly due to pressure and stress.....

My child is appearing for 10th boards. My child is throwing up regularly due to pressure and stress. My child's appetite has also gone down. I am afraid weakness will not help my child study better. What should I do?

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Throwing up is a common way of coping with stress. Keep water , sweet and salty lime jiuce at home during exam time. Keep dry crackers, cheese , banana and dry fruits in little bowls on the study table, dining table, and kitchen so that your hild can reach out easily. Do not panic. Just be gentle and supportive. Prepare light meals. 2018-02-27 11:28:27
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Hard candies are good too. Energy bars or trail mixes also help 2018-02-27 11:29:07
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yoghurt, lassi and banana calm the system 2018-02-27 11:29:33
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Good morning mam my son is 7 years old and he has a habit of being overconfident with his exams due....

Good morning mam my son is 7 years old and he has a habit of being overconfident with his exams due to which he scored almost passing marks. He is able to solve the entire question paper at home however during exams he makes mistakes. How to make him understand

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When you discuss the answer paper make him come up with solutions. Note his answers and make a poster of them. Hang it in his room. Hel him set inot a routine. Set time for all activiites. Keep time for play, study and homework, entertainment etc. Create an incentive based system. Remove privileges and treat accordingly. Help him with mock tests, quiz, group study to minimise errors. Also remember errors help both of you understand where he needs help 2018-02-27 11:35:12

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