Stress Management Tips for Testing Season

Stress Management Tips for Testing Season

The spring months are prime testing season for grade school children and college students. This can be a stressful time for the whole family. Whether you personally feel stressed or you’re worried about your children, these stress management tips will help you survive the testing season.

Get on a Sleep Routine

Having sufficient sleep is a great way to clear the mind and reduce anxiety. Sleep schedules often get thrown off with heavy cram sessions, but it’s important to maintain a healthy routine. Aim to go to bed (or put your children to bed) around the same time each night, and wake up around the same time each morning. Allow at least 30 minutes after studying to wind down before bed. This will provide the best opportunity for mental clarity.

Eat Healthy, Well-Balance Meals

In the midst of chaos, you may be tempted to grab some fast food or order a pizza instead of eating a healthy meal. These foods are often loaded with sugars and starches that will drain your energy levels. Shoot for high protein vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, cheese, and other snacks that create natural bursts of energy. This will help you or your child stay focused before a test.

Trust What You Know

You’ve been preparing for this test for weeks now. You’ve read and re-read everything you could on the subject. There comes a point when cramming creates so much stress that it actually de-rails the study process. It’s better to walk away, clear your mind, and come back when you feel less overwhelmed. Know when you or your child are at your limit, and have confidence in your existing knowledge.

Study in Small Spurts

Rather than having all-night study sessions, break it up into small chunks. This makes each set of information more manageable and easier to retain. If you are helping your child study, try not to work longer than 15-30 minutes at a time, depending on your child’s age. If you are a college student, take a break after 45 minutes of studying to let your mind regroup. This is the best way to maximize the information you absorb.

Ask Your Therapist for Advice

Your therapist is there to help you in times of need. Testing season is no different. Ask your therapist for stress management tips that are specific to your life and personality. Your therapist will know about your background and other factors that determine which stress management strategies work best for you.

If you do not have a therapist at this time, we would happy to put you in touch with one. Our in-home therapists are fully licensed, and they will come to you. Even if you have a busy family life or school schedule, you can still have access to quality mental healthcare. Contact In-Home Counseling at (847) 903-5604 to learn more about our in-home therapy programs in Illinois.