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Expert advice on managing stress

The Julie Hall of Notre Dame Academy resounded with joyful laughter and questions on Thursday.

The institute’s Parents Teachers Association had organised an orientation programme for girls of classes VII to XII. The young ones were advised on how to manage stress. The experts gave them tips on how to handle situations. Speakers asked the students not to keep quiet in case of any problem and instead share it with elders like parents, teachers, brother, sister or others.

R.N. Sharma, consultant from Country Youths International, said: “One should not share personal things with anyone. Issues related to studies can be shared. One should have a no-nonsense attitude as far as problems are concerned. Parents and teachers are always there for help. Parents can take the child even to psychologists.”

Sharma added: It’s not wrong if parents ask you not to do something. They want you to be safe and not waste time. Utilise time in something fruitful. For example, if you all access some social networking site every now and then, would you be able to concentrate on your studies? This is the reason why your parents want you not to use such sites very much.”

J.M. Diwan, the director of State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, shared his experiences with the girls. He said he studied at St Xavier’s and how he used to enjoy fetes at Notre Dame Academy in his younger days. Rendering tips on stress management, he said: “One should always share problems with others and not isolate oneself.”