At such a stressful time of year whether you are a parent or young person it is important to connect with yourself, tune into the stress and anxiety that you are feeling, notice it and find ways to take care of yourself during those tough moments.
Here are some of helpful strategies to help deal with stress:
S – Stop what you are doing, put things down for a minute.
T – Take a breath. Breathe normally and naturally and follow your breath coming in and of your nose. You can even say to yourself “in” as you’re breathing in and “out” as you’re breathing out if that helps with concentration.
O – Observe your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You can reflect about what is on your mind and also notice that thoughts are not facts and they are not permanent. If a thought arises, just notice the thought, let it be, and continue on. Notice any emotions that are there and just name them. Then notice your body. Are you standing or sitting? How is your posture? Any aches and pains.
P – Proceed with something that will support you in the moment.
- Breath in 4, 3, 2, 1
- Hold breath 4, 3, 2, 1
- Breath out 4, 3, 2, 1
You can do this and count down until you are breathing and holding for one breath.
Check out these links that share some great insight on mindfulness & exam stress
-The Whole Heart Wellness Team