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How student stress can be relieved

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Health

Stress is part of the lives of all students. It starts with the high expectations that all parents have for their children. This can amount to great pressure and strain on the child who may find it impossible to meet the expectations of his parents.

In contrast, correct assessment of the childs capabilities can go a long way in preventing stress. Speak to him and tell him it is alright if he fails. Corporal punishment or scolding should be avoided under all circumstances. Violence can never make a child perform at his 100% best; instead it may break the childs spirit and concentration and lead to a further fall in grades.

Most children love sports like rugby, basketball or swimming and hold them above everything else. They should be encouraged to join sports clubs if they show interest. Similarly, they should be encouraged to take part in recreational activities like drama, nature trips or photography. They will feel happy if you show interest in their activities and congratulate them on their achievement, however small they are. It will boost their morale and confidence levels.

Looks can be a great cause of stress among teenagers. Short height, pimples or poor body build can deflate their confidence levels. They tend to feel awkward and shy to face others, and prefer to be alone. One might say that all teenagers face similar problems so it is alright to let the child find his own way. Such an attitude does not help. Emotional support from parents is a must. Explain to them that it is a phase that will blow away. Motivate them to join fitness programs or aerobics to help them build their bodies. Help them during their difficult times. Do not ridicule them.

Children today have great expectations for themselves. They want to be the best. And when they are unable to meet the demands they fall prey to stress and other problems. Most of them take to drinking or drugs to solve stress related issues. Good communication is the key.  Healthy rapport between the child and yourself can help them.

Try to pinpoint the cause of the stress and work from there onwards. If your child has extreme mood swings then consult a doctor.

Children are very sensitive by nature. They need to be cared for and loved unconditionally. Often problems at home can have devastating effects on the mindset of a child. He becomes more aggressive, violent and restless. Usually with the change in behavior he loses his friends and his grades crash. A cumulative effect of all this can lead to depression and even thoughts of suicide. Counseling in such situations is a great help. It clears the mind of the child and helps him deal with the situation.

Also do not take out your frustrations of the office or unfinished work at your child. It is best to teach some tips and tricks of stress management to your child. They always come in handy. If you are an ardent follower of the rules then you can be an inspiration for your children.