STRESS & HAPPINESSMINDFULNESS

Exams can prove to be one of the biggest nightmares, probably not as much for the child as for the parents. This fear, often trickles down from parent to the child having far less experience in coping with stress.

In this age of competition, we strive to be the best, and where ever we fail, we do not want that to happen to our children. We want the best future for them. In this process, instead of nurturing the young buds, we enslave them and burden them with our ideologies and a long list of instructions. To top it all, the parents begin to compare siblings, cousins, and even the neighbour’s kid, praise them, and taunting their own. The parents push the child to the other extreme of calm, triggering mental anxiety.

What is the result? Either the child stops listening to you altogether, stops confiding in you, becomes extremely closed, and in worst cases succumbs to pressure, all of which is dangerous for the child’s overall development and mind.

The National Crime Records Bureau indicates that approximately 40,000 children ended their lives from 2011 to 2015. It indicated that in 2015 alone, 8,934 cases of student suicide have surfaced.

Yet, we think it won’t happen to our kids, knowingly or unknowingly, we continue to pressurize them, injecting panic and stress that later becomes a part of their mental habit. 

So, what does a parent need to do? Here are some of the solutions.

Spend some time Not instructing your child

Take a break from being a boss and actually be a parent. Spend some time, just going for a walk together, whenever the child needs a break. Try to improve your own lifestyle and spend some time playing a few indoor or outdoor games at least for fifteen minutes. This will not only help the child but you as a parent to ease a bit. Unless you calm down the child cannot.

Communicate, have a casual chat.

As parents, we need to be careful about overdoing the monotonous environment.  We must ensure that we do not over-pressurize the children. Find some time to chat about a few other things in life that are of their interest, let them speak more, especially when having meals together. Chances are the child would feel reenergized and refreshed much faster, enabling the child to concentrate and memories better.

 

Good communication with the children, always works wonders. 

Encourage your child to set a routine

During exams, students often tend to develop unhealthy routines like developing unhealthy eating habits, being sleep deprived, sitting for long hours, and disengaging in recreational activities. Parents need to ensure that there is proper balance. This will bring result oriented efficiency, but it doing so does not mean that you enforce it or that you start to panic in case of a miss. Act as facilitator and motivate your child at every step.

Excessive guidance and supervision is of little help. Make sure that you give your child space to breath and decide.

Motivation & Encouragement

Parents can help their child discover their weaknesses and strengths. Let them identify their weakness on their own. Don’t force them to share it with you if they are not comfortable. Comprehensive and non-judgmental discussion with your child is the key to success. It is important to let the child make their own list. If you must, make only the one with all the positives.

 

Above All…Don’t Panic

Unless you are calm yourself, you cannot contribute to the positive, holistic, and conducive environment that the child needs during exams. Do not direct your office stress, failures, and regrets on your children.

 

There are several modules available with Soundzyoga including, authentic guided meditation, calming music, and frequency therapy that will help you stay panic free. Soundzyoga is now available for iPhone 6 and above on Appstore.

 

 

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