To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience empowers individuals to recognise the signs of exam stress and apply coping strategies to deal with it. If their results are disappointing resilience will allow them to look at their alternative options and different pathways.
It is normal for children and young people to feel a bit worried about exams, especially if they feel they are under pressure from school or family. Exam stress can cause an individual to feel anxious or depressed, and this might affect their sleeping or eating habits. It may also cause physical symptoms such as having headaches and stomach pains and feeling tired. Through general lessons about emotional health and coping strategies children and young people can develop their ability to recognise different kinds of stress for themselves and others and to build resilience, self-care and coping strategies.