Pre-test stress is normal but nowadays it's becoming a true anxiety for many kids.Use this technique my Pediatrician taught my 17 year old son.son when he was
There are many things you can do to clear your mind and calm your body before a test and a great place to start is brain integration. When we are stressed the the left and right brains stop "speaking to one another" so, in essence, we know the information, we just can't access it. This simple technique, shared with my 17 year old son by his Pediatrician, is designed to calm the body by distracting the mind with things that are not emotionally charged. Consequently, the left and right brain can get back into communication with one another. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
The 1,2,3...5,4,3,2,1 Technique
1. Sit in a comfortable position with both feet on the ground, heels pushing downward. (A grounding technique)
2. Take a few deep breaths.
3. Place both hands on opposite knees, gently tapping back and forth 20-30 times.
Look for 5 different things in the room. (i.e. a chair, a backpack, a cup, someones shoes, etc)
Think of 4 things he can hear. (pencil sharpener, the light, the teacher talking, etc)
Think of 3 things he can smell. (pencil shavings, room freshener, oils on wrists, etc)
Think of 2 things he can touch. (end of fingers, pants, etc)
Think of 1 think he can taste. (gum, breath, lunch leftovers, etc)
Troop Tip: Apply 1-2 drops of Wild Orange, Balance, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood or Sage to the palm of your hand, rub together and inhale for 30 seconds. Add another 1-2 drops over your heart, behind the ears or on the back of the neck.
Mental Clarity Blend (From the Essential Life book)
12 drops Lemon
8 drops Rosemary
4 drops Cypress
2 drops Peppermint
Combine oils into a roller bottle and fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil and apply behind the ears and to pulse points. What are pulse points?
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