Bye-Bye Exam Blues!!

  by Dr. Sayantani Bhattacharjee

With exams knocking at the doorstep, most of the students will be seen suffering from anxiety and stress related symptoms. These can range from common signs such as irritability, sleeplessness and poor appetite to more alarming problems of depression, panic attacks and even suicidal tendencies. As parents and teachers, it is absolutely essential to recognize that every student is a unique individual and has his/her own thresholds of coping with stress. Here are some significant warning signs that should help one recognize the possibility that your child/student is under tremendous stress:-

  • Continuously refusing to eat or engaging in binge eating suddenly

  • Complains of frequent headaches, indigestion and loose motions

  • Feels dizzy, breathless and has sweaty hands and feet

  • Demonstrates repetition of a certain behaviour out of fear of loss

  • Has nightmares portraying negative thoughts and apprehensions of failure

It is essential to understand that everyone undergoes stressful times in life. But knowing ways to cope with it helps one being confident and efficient at such times. Here are a few tips: -

  • Eat Right! Say no to foods that are rich in sugar and fat. Instead include whole grains, fruits and veggies in your diet. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day.

  • Take short breaks from studies every 30-45 minutes. This helps relax your eyes and refreshes your mind for the next study period. Take a stroll during this break. Exercise helps in concentration and keeps you energetic.

  • Speak to friends and/or family when you are stressed. Sharing your thoughts helps to relieve stress to a large extent.

  • Get adequate sleep during exam times. This helps you with a good memory and a fit body.

  • Meditate for 10-15 minutes at least in a day. This doesn’t need you to sit in a prayer position really. Even listening to music or reading a book you like can have equally beneficial effects on your mind and body as practicing meditation in the usual way would.

Think Positive! Visualize success in everything that you are going to do. Imagine that you can answer all questions in the exam and that you feel confident being the way you are.


About the Author

Dr. Sayantani Bhattacharjee is a medical professional with over 14 years of experience. She is passionate about providing comprehensive medical service to people living in remote, difficult to reach areas. She is also a travel freak and an avid reader.

  2018-12-27 09:10:42

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