Children & Exams: Help Your Little Ones Fight The Stress

There are many people who think that children have to go through too many examinations at school these days. From their first day at school, children will always be monitored and their work reviewed to ensure that they are keeping up with national targets. All of this, on top of all the studying that is required to pass the exams, can make some children very stressed and anxious. If your child seems to suffer a lot from all this exam-related stress, you can always use the following ideas to help them fight the strain.

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If your child suffers from exam-related stress, here are some tips to help him or her. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Help Them Sleep Better

It is very important that your child gets plenty of sleep during exam season as it can help improve their concentration and thinking process. Unfortunately, all the stress that comes during exams can make it very difficult for them to fall asleep. So, you might want to help try and improve their sleeping habits. For instance, it’s a good idea to encourage them to take a warm bath before bed and have a cup of chamomile tea as this can greatly calm their mind. Make sure that they don’t study right up until bedtime either as they need plenty of time to unwind so that their mind and body can relax before bed.

Don’t Put Excess Pressure On Them

As a parent, you will no doubt want your child to perform really well in their exams. However, you shouldn’t be overbearing during exam season as this will only increase their stress levels. Even though you think you might be helping them by encouraging them to study, your efforts could actually be counterproductive! So, it’s important that you are positive and reassuring to help them cope with the stress, rather than creating your own pressure for them.

Get Help If Needed

Every child will deal with exam stress in different ways. For some, it will be like water off a duck’s back, but for others, it will be a very distressing period. If you think that your child is having a very difficult time with it all, you might want to see a psychiatrist and get some professional help. There are lots of child psychiatrists and psychologists who specialize in anxiety and stress in children. They will be able to chat with your child and let you both know about various stress-relieving treatments.

Time For Treats

It’s important that the exam period isn’t just about studying and revising. Your child deserves a break too sometimes! Plus, you should also think about giving them some rewards for doing plenty of revision and getting good marks in exams. You don’t need to go over the top and spend a lot on gifts – these rewards can be as small as an extra half an hour watching TV in the evening! These little treats will help keep your child motivated and relatively stress-free.

Make sure your child doesn’t suffer too much during exam periods by taking heed of these thoughtful tips. They may even help them do better than expected!


Save Money By Going Green

It seems to be a rule of life that the healthier option is always a little more expensive. Going green with your body might mean buying soy kinds of milk, almond milk, vegetables and other food items that are a bit more expensive. It seems that organic foods? They come with a premium. That’s not always the case though – sometimes, the healthy option can be a money saver – especially when it comes to the health of the environment.

Many of us want to live in homes and make the most of our money – but you can get more bang for your buck with your home if you decide to go green. Living a healthier lifestyle can affect your home, the environment and your wallet – in fact, going green could be a great way to save cash in the long run.

It does come at a cost though, green options aren’t always free, but you can improve your house, save money and save the environment if you’ve got a nice starting fund to kick-start an eco-friendly life.

How do you get started? Well – with the home. Eco-friendly home improvements are a great way to start. Firstly, invest in insulation and sealed windows. What these do is keep the heat of your home in, so it’s not lost through the walls, roof and windows. It might cost a fair bit, but it saves heavily. The more heat kept in the house, the less money you’ll actually spend on heating it up. Overworked boilers, fires and central heating systems are a great way to burn cash and money during the winter – so heat up and keep it in with some insulation.

Also – add a bit of intelligence to your heating, with a smart temperature control system. You can find a bunch of them ready to go, like Nest – that just need installation to your boiler. What this does is allow you to control the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world with your smartphone. This ensures that the boiler is not working when you do not want it to, and it also ensures a bit of efficiency, which is good when it comes to saving money.

Technology like the Nest hub is one way you can save money by avoiding pointless heating, but even without tech, it’s something you should avoid in the first place. If you want more warmth – plant some trees in your garden. Not only do trees present life into the garden, but they do a number of things. Firstly, they give you a bit of privacy, so you don’t need high fences or walls if you have a tree. Secondly, they act as natural barriers to your home from the environment in the winter, by protecting our homes from the cold winds. Continue reading