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  • Writer's pictureAditi Shrivastava

Navigating Exam stress with Transcendental meditation for Students

Updated: Feb 18

In today's hyper-competitive academic landscape, the spectre of exam stress looms large over students, casting a shadow on their well-being and hindering their ability to thrive. Recognizing the urgent need to address this pervasive issue, Meta, in collaboration with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), convened the "Stress-Free Exams" event. Held at the prestigious Gulmohar Auditorium in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on Monday, February 12, 2024, this initiative sought to spark meaningful conversations and explore holistic solutions to alleviate the burden of exam-related stress.

Panelist discussing about Exam Stress in Students
Panelist for Pariksha Park 4.0 in collaboration with Meta and NCPCR

As I stepped into the auditorium, the atmosphere buzzed with anticipation, reflecting the collective commitment to fostering a supportive environment for students. The event kicked off with NCPCR's call to action, urging content creators to leverage their platforms to raise awareness about stress management techniques and alternative career paths. This proactive approach underscored the importance of engaging multiple stakeholders in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by students.

Dr. Nagpal, a distinguished speaker at the event, delivered a poignant address on the pivotal role of parents and families in nurturing resilience among children. Drawing from his extensive experience in child psychology, Dr. Nagpal emphasized the need for open communication channels between parents and their children. He cautioned against the perils of imposing rigid career expectations on youngsters, citing the detrimental impact on their mental well-being. The statistics shared during his presentation painted a sobering picture of the consequences of unchecked stress, including rising rates of mental health disorders, juvenile crime, and, tragically, suicide.

Reflecting on Dr. Nagpal's insights, I was struck by the profound implications for familial dynamics and societal attitudes towards success. In a culture that often equates academic achievement with personal worth, the pressure to excel can exact a heavy toll on students, exacerbating feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. Sh. Priyank Kanoongo's call for greater empathy and understanding resonated deeply, highlighting the need for a paradigm shift in how we define success and support our youth.

Attendees listening to a speaker in an auditorium.
Attendees at Gulmohar Auditorium in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

In my personal reflections, I found solace in the notion of Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a transformative tool for stress relief. While stress may remain an inherent aspect of our competitive world, TM offers a pathway to resilience that transcends mere coping mechanisms. By delving into the depths of consciousness, TM equips students with the inner resources to navigate life's challenges with clarity and equanimity. Moreover, the ripple effects of meditation extend beyond academic performance, fostering emotional intelligence and fortifying individuals against the vicissitudes of life.

Throughout the event, there was a palpable sense of camaraderie and shared purpose among attendees. Educators, creators, and parents alike rallied around the cause of promoting mental health and well-being among students. The willingness to embrace meditation as a viable solution to stress management was particularly heartening, signalling a collective shift towards more holistic approaches to education and personal development.

One of the key takeaways from the event was the importance of fostering a culture of openness and dialogue within families. Too often, parents find themselves caught in the whirlwind of their own stress and responsibilities, inadvertently overlooking the needs of their children. By fostering greater communication and understanding, families can become pillars of support for their children, offering a sanctuary amidst life's tumultuous currents.

In conclusion, my experience at the "Stress-Free Exams" event was both enlightening and inspiring. It served as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility we share in nurturing the next generation of resilient, empowered individuals. By fostering collaboration, promoting awareness, and embracing holistic solutions like Transcendental Meditation, we can create a brighter, healthier future for our youth. As we embark on this journey towards stress-free exams, let us remember that the seeds of change lie within each of us, waiting to be sown and nurtured with care.


What is exam stress, and why is it a significant concern for students?

Exam stress refers to the heightened anxiety and pressure experienced by students in anticipation of or during examinations. It can manifest in various ways, including physical symptoms like headaches and insomnia, as well as emotional distress, such as feelings of inadequacy and fear of failure. Exam stress is a significant concern because it can adversely affect students' mental health, academic performance, and overall well-being.

How can parents support students in managing exam stress?

Parents and families can support students in managing exam stress by:

  • Maintaining open communication and a supportive environment.

  • Avoid placing undue pressure on children to excel academically.

  • Offer emotional support during periods of stress and anxiety.

  • Encouraging healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, adequate sleep, transcendental meditation, and balanced nutrition.

How Transcendental Meditation (TM) can help students?

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a relaxation and self-development technique. TM has been shown to reduce stress, promote inner calmness, and improve overall well-being. For students, practising TM can help alleviate exam-related anxiety, enhance focus and concentration, and foster resilience in the face of academic pressures.


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