by Babra Wani

SRINAGAR: As examination season approaches in Jammu and Kashmir, many students and exam-takers grapple with stress, prompting questions about coping strategies. In certain cases, part of the stress has gone to the parents and guardians too.

Dr Abdul Majid, a leading psychiatrist in Jammu and Kashmir, delved into the concept of examination stress, its implications, and potential remedies.

In a live discussion with Kashmir Life, Dr Majid highlighted the dual nature of stress, acknowledging its capacity to propel individuals towards their objectives, yet cautioning against its adverse effects when it surpasses manageable levels.

He emphasised that positive stress can drive student progress, but negative stress may impair performance, resulting in weaker outcomes. He stressed the importance of adhering to a set of guidelines for managing stress, outlined as A, B, C, D, E, F.

A signifies ensuring adequate sleep, aiming for a minimum of seven to eight hours consistently, even during examination periods.

B underscores the significance of a balanced diet, avoiding harmful food choices.

C recommends maintaining connections with one’s support network, be it family or friends, and openly discussing concerns.

D advocates for involvement in social causes and meditation while avoiding substance abuse.

E suggests incorporating regular exercise, even if it is just for ten to fifteen minutes, to aid concentration.

Finally, F is highlighted as seeking medical assistance if other strategies prove ineffective.

Dr Majid emphasised the significance of parents comprehending their children’s individuality and abilities. Stressing that each child is unique, he underscored the importance of providing both physical and mental support. “Parents are not Gods,” he remarked, urging for support and respect toward children’s decisions. He concluded by advocating for active listening to foster the flourishing of children.


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