The time before and during your 11 + exams is very stressful. However, your child may continue to feel stressed following the exams while waiting for the results.
Students who stress too much post-exam may suffer from headaches, nightmares, insomnia, lack of appetite, depression, a lack of humour and the absence of social interactions.
Read this blog with your child and explore techniques to help reduce post 11+ exam stress:
Don’t Go Over the Exam Questions
Going over your exam paper afterwards and opening your books to see if you have answered each question correctly will only increase your anxiety level. If you realise you made a mistake in your paper, you will start beating yourself up for not revising more. This will not help you keep stress at bay; it will only worsen it.
Performing Physical Activities
The best way to combat after-exam stress is to take part in some physical activities, whether it is exercising, playing outdoor games, swimming, or bike riding. Physical exertions are not just entertaining but are required for physical and mental health.
Carry out Your Hobbies
All of us have favourite pastimes. Some of you may like to read books, paint, perform photography, do gardening, listen to music or watch movies. Get involved doing the things you love alleviate your stress level and exercise other parts of your brain.
Get involved with local organisations
Participating in social activities or volunteering for charities is a good way to spend your leisure time. You can offer your help for any social causes like planting trees, animal welfare, helping people with handicaps, or participating in other social awareness programs. What is important to you? Do something about it. This will not just improve your exposure to the world, but also help build your character.
It isn’t the be-all and end-all
Exams are an important part of a student’s life. Even though they may result in some stress, following these simple tips can help students overcome it and bring positivity in their lives.