Don't panic - normality will return
Published 23/05/2015 | 02:30
For parents: Minding yourself
1. Think positively. Remind yourself of all the support you have given up to now.
2. Know that the best help you can give them now might be to let them take responsibility for their own study and own exam performance.
3. Eat well and healthily yourself - it reduces your stress and shows a good example to your student son or daughter.
4. Get plenty of exercise, especially anything that gets you outdoors and into the fresh air.
5. Keep up with your own hobbies and pastimes as a healthy distraction from the potential stress in the house.
Minding your student
1. Be realistic and measured in your expectations of their performance and avoid piling unnecessary pressure on them.
2. Create the right kind of study environment with good light, comfortable heat and relative calm and quiet.
3. Ensure you have lots of healthy snacks and good food to allow them the best fuel to keep working.
4. Facilitate them to keep active in sports or hobbies, as they need some balance, rather than just focusing on exams or study.
5. Be warm, kind and compassionate if they have occasional blow-ups or distress. Remember that these exams will end and life can get back to normal.
For students: Rewarding your effort
1. Half-an-hour lying in the sun with no phone, no music and no interruption.
2. Meeting or phoning a friend to catch up with gossip or hear about normal life.
3. Indulge in some pampering (like getting someone to massage your shoulders or feet).
4. Making a smoothie that I don't have to share.
5. Playing cards online (so long as I switch off!)