Signs your child isn't coping with study stress (and how to help)

The end of the academic year is fast approaching and young children face pressure to perform well in their final exams.

Counselling psychologist Raydene Naidoo explains that a certain level of stress is natural.

According to Naidoo, parents need to recognise when their child may be battling to cope with their stress.

She advises that there are several warning signs to look out for.

Warning signs of stress:

  • mood changes (particularly irritability)
  • a notable change in sleep patterns
  • a notable change in diet
  • skin breakouts
  • physical sickness, aches or pains
  • nervous gestures such as nail biting, and difficulty concentrating

She explains that concerned parents should seek professional help and not rely on their own interventions.

Naidoo advises that there are ways too keep children motivated despite the stress they may face.

How parents can help their children cope:

  • promote a balance lifestyle (mentally, physically and emotionally)
  • encourage children to take breaks and rest
  • be available for children
  • provide healthy snacks and meals
  • explain the risks of over-studying and consequences of burnout
  • modelling the behaviour you encourage
  • help children set reachable, achieve goals

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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