Saturday, 19 September 2015

Fighting the Devil called –STRESS!!!

Ankit Kapoor Speaks
Education UG Entrance Prep Specialist
Co-Founder @ PRATHAM

Buck Up Grade Xll!!

Getting admission into one's preferred choice of college seems to have become too stressful and burdensome these days, as nearly 86% of class 12th students are fighting nervousness and anxiety disorders, compared to class 10th students with lesser levels of anxiety of 62.5 %.( Study by ASSOCHAM) The patterns of stress-related behaviours, such as: lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor eating habits in response to stress have immensely gone up.

Also according to the survey, science students have highest levels of depression, anxiety and stress followed by commerce and arts students.

Now let’s see the implications of being forced into a stream:

Nearly 74.2% students of class 12th said that they had chosen the subjects on their own, while 25.8% had not taken subjects of their choice but of their parent's choice. Those who had chosen subjects on their parents choice showed a significantly higher level of anxiety, adds the survey. 

Due to stress, about 62.5% of teens end up feeling irritable or angry; 36.5% feel nervous or anxious. Teen girls are more stressed than boys, adds the survey. 

Understanding Student Psyche:

Students tend to magnify failures; therefore parents should try talking them out of it. They should not demean themselves, as exams are not the end of life. If they still feel disinterested in studies, or are anxious, help can be taken from teachers and counsellors.

Enlisted below are a few points that can help students to remain stress free:
  • Make small but effective study plans that are close to reality.
  • Start rewarding yourself for every well executed plan to remain motivated.
  • Assess priorities, assets, and difficulties so that you are aware of the fields you need to work on.
  • Make a timeline for studying and follow it.
  • Take frequent breaks between studies so that you are fresh every time you study.
  • Don’t strip off TV, entertainment, and outings completely.
  • Try to channel any worries you have into productivity..
  • Constant encouragement and reassurance is essential from all significant members in the school and family.
  • It is important that you are clear about how to take the examination, how to tackle questions, and how to manage time.                      

Eliminating Stress:

When you're experiencing stress over board exams, think about how it's affecting you. If it makes school and studying more difficult, it isn't useful to you. Try to eliminate anything that makes studying more stressful.

Do you have a favourite place to study? Do you have something to look forward to when you finish studying? Try to track your progress and reward yourself. Study with friends if you can form a small group that supports and encourages each member.

Exercise and Meditate:

When upcoming boards are occupying your thoughts all the time, make an effort to take a break. You may find that exercise or meditation will refresh your energy and clear your head. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise is a stress reliever. It helps by:
  • Increasing your endorphins
  • Improving sleep
  • Minimizing mild anxiety & depression symptoms.

Meditation is another way to relieve stress. You may find that you can focus on the present and manage stress better when you take the time to meditate. Studying is certainly a priority, but taking care of you by managing stress is just as important.

Talk about it:

When exams are weighing on your mind, remember to talk to those close to you: parents, siblings, friends, teachers or anyone else who can understand what you're going through. Hearing from someone who's experienced this before might help you feel better prepared to face the exams.

If you feel that your stress is out of control, seek assistance. Resources such as counsellors and the CBSE helpline are there for you. Don't hesitate to take advantage of the help that's available.

Tips for Parents:

  • Don't be afraid to talk about the results, either before or after.
  • Don't shy away from the disappointment your child is feeling.
  • Encourage him or her to talk about it.
  •  Keep talking about the many possible future paths available.
  • Emphasise how hard they've tried and the work they've put in – highlighting qualities that can take them far.
  • Explain - preferably with real examples - that many successful people have taken "a zig-zag route" to reach their goals.

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