Getting exam ready
It is again that time of the year when students and parents are under stress as we are now facing the exam season. Most of the students are scared of the exam, they get tensed and nervous during the exam and the result – under performance.
Though a little pressure helps the students to score good, when high make them undergo mental stress.
Health comes first
Food and sleep are the most important things during exam days. An average six-hour sleep is essential. It is better to sleep early and rise early. Late night studies are not that good.
Another point is not to skip breakfast. When you don’t take breakfast, glucose level decreases and will feel tired. Lunch and evening snack is also important. The dinner should be light. Always take care to leave out junk foods.
Care should be taken to drink a minimum of 15 glass of water. Take ORS solution as in increased temperature, chances of dehydration are high. Avoid cold food and take care to use only cotton, linen clothes.
Excessive use of tea, coffee and soft drinks should be avoided. Instead drink fruit juices. Take bath twice a day. Don’t engage in excessive physical activities during ply as chances are of getting hurt.
Prepare the mind to face exams
Most of the schools now use the service of a psychologist during exam time. They also conduct awareness classes as a solution to mental stress and tensions at exam times.
Health experts say that systematic study with the help of a preplanned timetable helps to reduce the stress when compared to the last minute study.
Psychologists say in exam times, fear increase in those with anxiety disorder.
It is found that in some students headache, dizziness and stomach ache are found during this period due to fear of exams.
The mental stress and anxiety in students can be reduced to an extend by psychological counselling.
For some the exam fear takes the form of increased heartbeat, memory loss, breathing difficulty, excessive sweating. Relaxation therapies and breathing exercises will help to tackle most of this. Undergo medical treatment only if utmost necessary.
Undergo meditation. Try and learn difficult subjects at first. Engage in leisure activities like hearing music and stay happy.
For every exam keep ready the essentials on the previous day itself. Be on time for the exams.
Keep extra pens. Don’t think and stress on exams that are already over and don’t engage in discussions about completed exams.
Information courtesy: Dr Sabu Sugathan (Medical Officer, Mannar Primary Health Centre), Dr. Varghese Punnoose (Head at department of Psychiatry, Govt TD Medical College Alappuzha)