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The Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson has stated that half of 8 to 17-year-olds are stressed and anxious about their academic performances. This is mainly due to ambitious parents, as well as schools which are the main source of the pressure to achieve good marks and exam grades. The figures came from research she commissioned. Dr Atkinson suggested that parents, aware of the constant call for improved education standards, pass on the pressure to their children by setting unachievable targets and when she was asked what the main problem was, she mentioned that it was towards the culture of ‘over-examination’.


Dr Atkinson said: ‘At least half of them worry about school work and the pressure of exams.and they outline pressure from home as well as school as part of that worry.’ Children in England face tough exams at the ages of 9, 11, 14, 16 and 18.

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Exam Stress Tips for school or at university

Sleep - when it comes to exam time, it is possible to be under a lot of pressure leading to stress which may affect your sleeping pattern, so try and get into a sleep pattern of about 8 hours each night and get to bed at the same time each night and wake up in plenty of time to get ready for the day ahead. Try not to take your mobile phone into your bedroom, keep TV off and no computer games after a certain time. This helps to get a good night’s sleep and makes you feel wide awake and more energised the next day.


Relax - take time out to enjoy yourself


Set goals - start studying well in advance of your exams and give yourself goals with specific dates and times you wish to complete a certain piece by. This can be on a weekly or a monthly basis and in turn will lead to stress free studying as long as you plan it well in advance. If you leave studying to the last minute, this will lead to high levels of stress so start planning and achieve your goals.


Get some fresh air- go out for a walk and get fresh air into your lungs which will in turn help the blood circulating round your body and help you to think clearer.


Exercise - going for a run or playing football or a game you enjoy will take your mind of exams even for a short while and when you go back to your books you will feel invigorated and ready to start studying.


Talk - keep in touch with friends and family and by actually talking to them rather than on the phone or text. This helps and does relieve tension, anxiety and stress.

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