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Supporting Our Children Through Exam Season: A Guide for Parents

Supporting Our Children Through Exam Season: A Guide for Parents

As the Stop Mental Illness Foundation, we understand the challenges that young students face during exam season. Our children have commenced their GCSE exams, with some starting SAS and others beginning their promotional exams. These testing times can bring about stress and pressure, and it is crucial for parents to provide support in various aspects of their children’s well-being to help them navigate through this period successfully. Here are some ways parents can support their children emotionally, mentally, physically, and through healthy food choices to boost their brain capacity during exams and beyond.
1. Emotional Support:
During exam season, emotions can run high for students. As parents, it is important to create a supportive and understanding environment at home. Encourage open communication with your children and let them know that you are there to listen to their concerns and provide reassurance. Offer words of encouragement and remind them that their worth is not solely determined by their exam results.
2. Mental Support:
Help your children establish a study routine that works best for them. Encourage them to take breaks, stay organized, and set realistic goals. Emphasize the importance of a growth mindset, where challenges are viewed as opportunities for learning and growth. Remind them to stay positive and focus on their efforts rather than solely on outcomes.
3. Physical Support:
Physical well-being is closely linked to mental performance. Ensure that your children are getting enough sleep during exam season. Encourage them to maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and engage in physical activities to relieve stress and boost energy levels. Regular exercise can help improve focus and concentration, which are essential for exam success.
4. Healthy Food Choices:
Nutrition plays a crucial role in brain function and cognitive performance. Provide your children with brain-boosting foods that are rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Some examples of foods that can enhance brain capacity include:
– Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel
– Berries such as blueberries and strawberries
– Nuts and seeds
– Leafy green vegetables
– Whole grains
– Eggs
– Yogurt
Incorporate these foods into your children’s diet to help them stay alert, focused, and mentally sharp throughout their exams. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary snacks and drinks, as they can lead to energy crashes and decreased concentration.
By provide them with more comprehensive support in emotional, mental, physical, and nutritional aspects, parents can help their children navigate through exam season with resilience and success. Remember to celebrate their efforts and progress, regardless of the outcomes, and emphasize the importance of self-care and well-being beyond exams. Together, we can empower our children to thrive academically while maintaining a healthy balance in their lives.


Mrs. Oluseyi Elizabeth Odudimu is a mental health advocate and the founder of the Stop Mental Illness Foundation. With a solid academic background, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness about mental health issues and providing support to individuals suffering from mental illness. Mrs. Odudimu is also a published author, mentor, and a loving mother and wife. Her tireless efforts have earned her numerous accolades and honors, making her a true role model and a beacon of hope for those affected by mental illness.

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