Exam Nerves

It’s a stressful time for many teenagers right now and I’ve had a few requests for help so I thought I’d do a quick post about how you can help your teenager (or anyone for that matter) to cope better during exams.

There are things which contribute to the anxiety felt at this time, some of which, we as parents can help with.  Inadequate rest, poor nutrition, insufficient exercise and too many stimulants are the main culprits.  It is a good idea to increase saturated fats such as cod liver oil and coconut oils during exam times, these help memory and concentration and I’ve had many reports back that doing this has really made a difference, and whilst you may not be able to get your teenager to go out for a run or have an early night, taking a cod liver oil capsule is pretty painless!  Always go for the best quality one you can find, I find that smaller independent health shops are by far the best.

To help with the actual anxiety there are some brilliant remedies.  The right one will help sleep if anxiety is preventing sleep and generally help with the anticipation beforehand.

My favourite remedies to consider are:

  1. Gelsemium
  • anxiety from anticipation
  • cowardly, weak, insecure
  • wants to hide and avoid stressful situations
  • shaking, stuttering, unable to think, meltdowns
  1. Argentum-nitricum (Arg-nit)
  • Stomach wind
  • Diarrhoea from anticipation
  • Palpitations, twitching
  • Suits impetuous but nervous people, always in a hurry
  • Lots of fears and anxiety
  • “What if?” is your motto
  1. Arsenicum
  • Diarrhoea from anxiety
  • Thirsty
  • Waking around midnight-1am worrying
  • Fear failing, worry about health, money
  • Like to plan
  1. Lycopodium
  • Bloating, big appetite
  • Wakes as if from a fright
  • Heartburn with sour burping
  • Suits people who lack confidence but usually do well on the day
  • Don’t like undertaking new things but can be assertive at home
  • Fear of ridicule and failure
  1. Nux-vomica
  • Very competitive
  • High achieving, intolerant of those who aren’t
  • Studies into the night and uses stimulants to help them stay awake
  • May be prone to heartburn or constipation