Teenagers have a lot of think about; assessments, examinations, sporting commitments, co-curricular activities, friendships and social status. They need time to refresh their mind, body and spirit in order to stay strong, motivated and mentally focused.
Particularly during exam periods, taking time out may be viewed as a negative thing. This shouldn’t however be the case. Actually, it allows boys time for rejuvenation and can reinvigorate them for the next challenge.
Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why it's OK for your son to take time out.
1. Your son can clear unwanted or unnecessary issues
We all need the opportunity to push the reset button, take a deep breath and start fresh. Consider your son’s down time as a full body reboot that will allow him to clear unwanted or unnecessary thoughts and issues.
2. Stress relief
Small amounts of stress can help your son to stay focused and motivated to succeed. Large amounts of stress can have the opposite effect. If your son is feeling stressed, it’s OK for him to take some time out. By stepping away for the ‘stressors’ your son will have the ability to see more clearly and possibly even alleviate the reasons for his stress. Find out more by reading 12 ways to manage stress during exams.
3. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine
Exposure to fresh air and sunshine offers your body many health benefits. According to a group of studies published in a 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people feel happier, healthier and more alive when exposed to sunshine and fresh air. If your son wants to go to the beach, kick the footy with some mates or lie by the pool, allow him the time to do so. It will be beneficial when he returns to study.
4. Time out encourages your son to have fun
Research indicates that 50 percent of our sense of happiness is innate; 10 percent comes from circumstance and 40 percent comes from our mindset. Your son’s mindset is largely influenced by his every day activities and the success he feels while completing those activities. Similarly, your son’s happiness influences his ability to complete those activities successfully. By taking some time out to have fun and smile, your son will be positively affecting his outlook.
5. Catch up on sleep
Sleep is food for the brain and vital for your son’s wellbeing. Teenagers need approximately eight to 10 hours of sleep each night to function at their optimum level, and they tend to go to bed later and wake later than we’d like. Without enough sleep, your son will experience negative impacts on his emotions, stress levels and academic performance. If your son is curled up in bed for longer periods over the weekend, allow him time to catch up on rest and sleep, he may need it.
6. If he has too much down time, he will (hopefully) learn from any failures
No one likes to watch their child fail; however, it is a life lesson they need to learn. By allowing your son to fail, he will learn from his mistakes and realise that maybe he had a little too much time out. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers.
Next time you think your son is taking time out, try to remember that all work and no play can have negative impacts on his school results, as can all play and no work! Revitalising with some down time is essential.
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