It’s going to be busy, with revision sessions and exam timetables to remember. So helping your son or daughter draw up a schedule is a good idea. This way, they can see what’s coming up and prepare for it.
Let there be snooze
Teenagers need more sleep during exam periods. Encouraging them to get an early night will help improve their concentration, reduce their stress levels, and generally give you a bit more peace and quiet. Good news all round.
Cook them clever
A balanced diet is essential all year round – but during exam period it’s all the more important. Healthy meals, lots of water and the odd treat make for one happy and productive teen.
Taking a break from social media will work wonders. It’s not easy, but removing the distraction will help them get more out of their study time. We recommend short device-free stints at first, to ease them into it.
Exercise the mind
When they’re not stuck indoors revising, get them out and about. Running, swimming and team sports help get more oxygen flowing to the brain and release endorphins. Even just taking a break to go for a walk will help clear their head.
Seeing friends and family will help take their minds off things. And time spent with animals has been proven to lower stress and up positivity. So don’t worry if they take time off to see people – especially if those people have pets.
Dangle a carrot
Make sure they’ve got some non-study activities in the diary to motivate them. This could be anything from a catch-up with friends to pizza and a movie. The important thing is to have events to look forward to.
The more stressed you are, the more stressed they’ll be – so start channelling your zen. The highest source of stress for young people around exam period comes from family pressure. So be there, but give them some space.