With the end of the school year comes the exciting prospect of long summer days filled with fun and adventure. However, the last few weeks of the school year also involves an onslaught of important exams and final projects that can leave students dizzy with stress. When anxiety has depleted your child’s energy and made it impossible to concentrate, our private tutors recommend trying the following five strategies to help your student relieve the frustration that inevitably accompanies end of year exams.
- Sweat it out! Exercise is one of the best things people can do to revitalize their body and mind because it helps to release built up toxins. Yoga is especially beneficial to help calm the mind and relieve anxiety. There are several yoga poses that may help in creating a calm mind and treating anxiety, but one of the most effective is the “Legs Up The Wall Pose”. Taking a light jog outside, riding a bike, or even turning up the radio and dancing for 20 minutes can also make a huge difference in your students’ mood and ability to focus!
- Just Breathe– Activating the body’s parasympathetic response system with calm, gentle breathing helps to slow the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and contributes to a sense of ease in the body, creating calmness in the mind. Children can struggle with simply reminding themselves to “take a deep breath”, especially if they are already on edge. To help make the concept of “conscious breathing” easier for kids to understand and practice, start with these four simple breathing exercises to help your student find the ability to regulate their own stress. With a little practice, your student will become a Zen master in no time!
- Tune Out– Listening to classical or soothing music while studying can help take the edge off when students are consumed with stress. In fact, one Russian study found that classical music helps people relax even when they’re not paying attention to the music. Classical music has also been found to help soothe stress-induced insomnia, especially works by Brahms, Mozart, Handel, and Bach. Our experienced private tutors suggest checking out the KUSC classical radio station online or on 91.5 FM to help students relax during study time and achieve the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Eat well– Common knowledge has it that eating well and drinking plenty of water can give your students’ brain the nutritional support it needs to perform at its best. We hate to be predictable, but making sure your student eats a balanced diet is one of the most important ways to ensure academic success! Nutritionists recommend that parents serve kids foods that are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamins A, B12, C, iron, zinc, omega-3 and calcium. The Dairy Council of California also has some great kid-friendly healthy snack recipes to make sure that students are staying on track at school.
- Hang with Furry Friends- The bond between children and an animal is undeniable, and research has shown that petting a dog increases the feel-good hormone Dopamine in both dogs and humans! This unspoken bond has been well-documented to help hospitalized children show physical signs of decreased stress, pain, and anxiety. Taking a time out from studying to play with or pet a dog, cat, or any pet can be an excellent way for students to decompress.
Our private tutoring service employs credentialed tutors in Chino Hills, Orange County, Los Angeles, Alameda County and Contra Costa County that can help your student rise to the challenge of end of year exams! Contact us today to find out how we can help to support your student’s academic success!