Beating Exam Stress

by Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Exam time, and the period leading up to it, is a busy, stressful and sometimes overwhelming time for students. With children as young as 15 complaining of headaches, insomnia, nausea and anxiety, it can be equally worrying for parents trying to help their children to manage such uncharted waters.

Over the years, I have been using gentle and supportive herbal remedies to help young people manage stress. These include simple herbal teas like Chamomile, Lime flowers and Rose petals, which gently support the nervous system and ease anxiety. I like to combine these with Rosemary, Shakespeare's herb of remembrance, and Mint which refreshes and helps to keep those sleepy mid study moments at bay.

Here are my top remedies to help you get the most out of your study sessions and to help ease those moments of anxiety:

D. Atkinson Study Blend herbal tea

A delicious blend of herbs, including lemon balm, rosemary and liquorice, to keep the brain sharp and focused throughout long hours of study.

D. Atkinson Study Blend Essential Oil

Our Study Blend is a range of essential oils including invigorating Peppermint and Rosemary, to aid concentration. It also includes Basil, which is excellent for memory and mental fatigue.

D. Atkinson Skullcap, Oat & Passionflower

Back in 1860, Duncan Napier developed and prescribed his Nerve Debility Tonic to deal with stress and anxiety. Containing over 20 different herbs, these days it is known as Skullcap, Oat and Passionflower Compound but is just as effective.

Vitamins and supplements for Studying and Stress management

Fish oil is great for brain function – we stock Eskimo 3 fish oil capsules in our shop.

Vitamin B Complex - is effective in dealing with stress, anxiety and tiredness so aim for a daily supplement of B-complex which contains between 50 and 100mg. Try Viridian B Complex High Five from our shop.

Bach Rescue Remedy drops – a favourite flower remedy for getting through stressful times.

L-Theanine – Theanine may reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition and boost mood and cognitive performance. We also stock L-Theanine and Lemon Balm - lemon balm has been found to reduce stress.