There are several things you can do to support your child’s mental wellbeing before, during and after the SATs.
With most schools putting an emphasis on the SATs, whether intentionally or not, children are becoming stressed and anxious when the exams come around.
How you can tackle stress during SATs Week
If SATs week has arrived and your child is feeling the pressure, don’t worry as there are a number of things you can do to help them get through this potentially stressful week!
1. Have a SATs ‘reward week’ breakfast or dinner (or both!)
A simple way to give your child something to look forward to during SATs week is to let them choose what they would like for dinner or breakfast.
2. Talk about their stress and listen to them
SATs week is the time when stress could really ramp up for your child, so make sure you listen to their worries and discuss with them how their day went at school. This is a very effective, yet simple way to lessen school exam pressure.
3. Find small things that will help them relax These small patches of relaxation are crucial for your child to recharge their batteries and be ready for whatever else is coming up in their week. Relaxation videos are a great way to help your child.
Click here to access YogaBugs relaxation. Guided visualisations are a fantastic way to help children relax at bedtime, click here to access our playlist.
4. Encourage them to exercise
Something that most people are guilty of is not making as much time for exercise as they should, and this is a very important thing to do for your child during SATs week. Kids yoga sessions can be done in the comfort of your own home, click here to access children’s yoga sessions.
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5. Remain positive whenever you are around your child
To put things simply, if your child sees you being negative, this attitude will soon pass down to them.
Keep things as positive as possible around the house, and your child will feel the same way and you’ll see a reduction in the levels of SATs anxiety in your child.
7. No screens for half an hour before bed
Again, this is something we should all be doing but rarely manage to, so during SATs week try to ensure that your child has 30 minutes of screen-free time before they go to bed to make sure that they get a good night’s sleep.
YogaBugs has lots of mindfulness activities available on our website that you can use at home. Click here to access.