Monthly Archive October 2018

ByGabby

Sister Circle

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform (Diane ::)

Join us for an afternoon of connection, reflection and fun as women, supporting women. We will come together in a safe space to discuss the power of a positive mindset, personal development and the importance of a self-care regime.
If you are a mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife or identify as any of these titles and are looking for a sisterhood or tribe then this event is for you!

This is a child free event however, breastfeeding babies are welcome

Sacred Keys

3/113 Miller Street, Epping

Saturday 24th, November, 2018

3pm-5pm

For tickets go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-circle-tickets-51999316355

ByGabby

Exam stress

A Parents’ Guide to Exam Stress

 

 

Tips to help your teenager through exam time

 

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It occurs in response to situations that may be difficult to handle.

Exam time is a stressful time in many teenagers’ lives. It is pretty common for teens to feel overwhelmed and under pressure.

Exam stress may occur in the days or weeks before or during an assessment or a big test. The student may feel unprepared, or they may feel some pressure amongst their peers or they may have a feeling of just not being able to cope.

 

As a parent it may be difficult at times to understand their behaviours, but understand that this is usually a passing phase and your teenager will usually be back to their normal selves in no time.

Look out for any behavioural changes as being more moody or snappy than usual, being more nervous than usual, disturbed sleep, eating more (comfort foods) or crying for no apparent reason.

It’s a good idea to try to reduce or prevent any added stress or drama in the house and be very mindful of any changes in their thinking patterns such as negative talk. Things like “I’m gonna fail”, “I can’t cope”, “I’m over it”.

Here are four handy tips to help your teenager through this time.

  1. EAT HEALTHY FOOD

Aim to eat a balance diet rich in fruits and vegetables for that extra boost of antioxidants to keep your teen in optimal health.

  1. GET ENOUGH ZZZZZS

Set a nightly routine. Your teenager needs approximately 10 hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep may cause irritability and stress in teenagers.

  1. GET MOVING

Exercise helps burn cortisol which is the stress hormone. Going for a brisk walk or even some light stretching can help your teenager relax.

  1. SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER

Letting your teenager know that you are there for them when they are feeling overwhelmed can make all the difference. Positive relationships are the building blocks of good mental health. Set aside some time to devote to your stressed teen.

Try to stay connected with your teenager in these challenging times. Their final exams can be very consuming and exhausting for them, mentally, emotionally and physically.

If your teenagers stress stays with them after exam time is over, or you find their levels of enjoyment drops and they are not quite themselves then it may be a good idea to consult with your GP, a counselor or a good youth mentor.

Otherwise try to enjoy this time and remember it’s not about us as parents at this time, it’s about them.