With a lot of competition going on, academic stress is very likely to develop in children that go to school, college or university.
Yesterday I was having a casual conversation with a mother who told me how her son is always busy and engaged with tests and assessments every other week on a daily basis. These tests are exclusive of the term exams. Along with it, numerous projects are assigned to the students which they have to complete and submit within the deadline. She furthermore told me how all this is taking a toll on his moods because he hardly has any time for some recreational activities.
Stress can happen to anyone and academic stress is a true thing. Children who are over-burdened with the stress and academic pressure might refuse going out or taking part in activities. Things like these might not fit in their schedule because they fear to fail to manage it.
Signs of academic stress:
Changes in behaviour and mood swings are the visible symptoms of stress in children. Some children show physical sign such as an upset stomach or complain of headache. Showing little to no interest in studies and difficulty in completing homework also indicates stress at times. Stressed out children can also experience nightmares.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. First and foremost thing to do as a parent is talk. Talk to your children and ask questions. Inquire about how do they feel at school. Ask about any difficulties they are facing in keeping up with studies.
2. Find the root cause of the problem and dig in deeper. Many times, children are unable to figure out the cause on their own and ask for help.
3. Ensure them that you are there for them. Help them and make them believe that they can always look up to you for everything.
4. Make sure that they get to rest and good nutrition.
5. Research on your own and be well-equipped with knowledge. Don’t shy away to seek professional help if the matters get severe for your child.