Pressure to do well in examinations has increased in recent years. Stress in itself is not a bad thing, a little keeps us on our toes and energises us to perform at our best. High levels of stress, however, are unhealthy and unhelpful.
The following will help to reduce stress:
- As parents, try to manage your own anxieties in your wish for your children to be successful. At this point in time it is important to let them know that you believe in them, whatever the outcome of the examinations.
- Provide a listening ear, now is not the time to be heavy with advice or criticism of what they might have done.
- Encourage a positive attitude about what they can realistically achieve and discourage talk about possible failure.
- Encourage your child to organise her/his revision time to include regular meals and exercise and time to relax with friends.
- Suggest listening to relaxation tapes e.g. Time to be Calm available from 0300 200 1004.
- If you are still worried, contact; your child's school or the Surrey Family Line telephone helpline 0808 800 5678 or your family doctor.
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