No one ever forgets the awful sweaty palms and moments of panic just before an important exam, and while many might view it as a rite of passage, there are some helpful ways that you can lighten the load for your child as exam time approaches.
Stress is a feeling of tension, excitement or pressure to do well which alerts your body to be ready to put a large effort into whatever the focus of stress is.
Stress is part of everyday life and it helps give you the energy and drive to put a sustained effort into an activity and succeed. Stress causes the release of the hormone adrenalin into the body, which produces a feeling of tension or excitement – what we often refer to as ‘butterflies’. If the cause of our stress is not alleviated at some point, and our body remains under stress, there will be a build-up of adrenalin which can cause harm to our body.
Signs that stress may be a problem:
- Over-tired but may have trouble getting to sleep
- Being physically run-down and prone to small ailments
- Muscular tension
- Frequent headaches
- Expressing a feeling of anxiety, helplessness or a general sense of feeling overwhelmed
- Excessive complaining and whinging
- Getting upset or angry easily and frequently
- An inability to concentrate
- Being “jumpy” and “fidgety”
- An inability to express enthusiasm for activities
- A general disengagement with activities that are usually popular