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  • Writer's pictureRachel Vassanthan

Empowering Your Child: Strategies for Navigating Stress in School and Beyond

As students get older, they are met with different challenges in their lives. As we continue to navigate the challenges of school, I wanted to take a moment to address an important issue that affects many students: stress. It is not uncommon for students to experience stress due to various academic and personal pressures. As educators at Astor International School, we strive to create a supportive environment that fosters both academic and emotional growth. I would like to share some tips and strategies that can help your child effectively manage and alleviate stress.

Astor students meditating on yoga mats

Time management: Encourage your child to develop a schedule that includes dedicated time for homework, extracurricular activities and relaxation. By prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively, they can reduce last-minute cramming and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Breaks and relaxation: Remind your child of the importance of taking breaks and engaging in activities they enjoy. Encourage them to spend time with friends, pursue hobbies, or engage in physical activities. These breaks can provide a much-needed respite and help reduce stress levels.

Astor International School's students on the rug cheering for the day

Open communication: Encourage your child to talk to you, their teachers, or a trusted adult about any concerns or difficulties they may be facing. Having someone to confide in can provide emotional support and help them find solutions to their problems.

Healthy lifestyle choices: Remind your child of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Encourage them to eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep, and engage in regular physical activity. These factors can significantly impact their overall well-being and reduce stress levels.

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Introduce your child to mindfulness exercises and relaxation techniques. Deep breathing exercises, meditation or gentle stretching can help them relax and manage stress. There are also many helpful mobile apps and online resources available that provide guided meditation and relaxation exercises.

Astor students exercising during the break

Organisation and study skills: Teach your child effective organization and study skills. Having a well-organized backpack, using a planner, and breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable parts can help reduce stress related to schoolwork.

Supportive study environment: Create a calm and organized study environment at home. Minimise distractions, provide necessary supplies, and ensure they have a comfortable space to work. A peaceful environment can help your child focus and reduce stress during studying.

Encourage self-care: Remind your child to take care of themselves. Encourage them to engage in activities that bring them joy, such as reading, listening to music, or pursuing their hobbies. Self-care is an important aspect of managing stress and maintaining a healthy balance.

Remember, every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Encourage your child to explore different strategies and find what works best for them, just like what teachers do at Astor. By implementing these tips and strategies, we can help our children effectively manage and alleviate stress, ensuring a positive and healthy learning environment.


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