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How to manage stress

Friday 29th March 2019

With the dread of GCSE and A-level exams only around the corner there is nothing worse than not managing the stress many kids feel. The pressure of performing well in exams, keeping on top of up-coming coursework deadlines and maintaining that all important social life, it's not surprising kids feel exhausted and overwhelmed during those last few months at school. So, to help out we've put together our top tips for managing that stress monster lurking in your teenagers.

Prioritise their time

Making lists of what they need to do and when it needs to be done by is a great way to start. Being able to visualise all their tasks at hand allows kids to work out what is most important and what can be left until last allowing them to work more efficiently. We recommend creating a timetable so your kids can organise all their revision, homework and social commitments. That way they can tackle each day knowing what needs to be done and splits everything into manageable chunks.

Take a break

Sometimes a break fixes everything. Whether they decide to binge watch their favourite show or hang out with their friends, taking some time away from schoolwork and commitments can really help them to relax and re-focus for another round of work.

Exercise

Regular exercise is a great way to help kids concentrate and increase their energy levels. Swimming, running, cycling or a gym sessions all help the release of endorphins which will elevate their mood, and hopefully encourage them to tackle the next round of exams and coursework with a positive attitude.

Talk

Encouraging kids to talk about their stress and worries is healthy. Everyone has a different tolerance to stress, and showing your kids that it's okay to be anxious may help them to relax about the pressures they are feeling. By ensuring they have a support network of family, teachers and friends you can rest assured they'll have someone to talk to about whatever is stressing them out.