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SAT’s test period can be a stressful time for most pupils. It’s important to recognise signs of stress and offer children ways to manage and reduce their stress. One of the best ways is through being physically active.

Why does physical activity reduce stress in children?

  1. Endorphin Release– Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, the natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain. These endorphins act as a buffer against stress, promoting positive emotions.
  2. Break from Exam Prep– Physical activity is a great excuse to switch off from SATs, homework and school. It allows children to recharge mentally and physically.
  3. Social Interaction– Social isolation is common during stressful periods, especially during exam prep. Participating in physical activity is a great way to improve social interaction through group activities, building connections and positive support systems
  4. Improved Sleep– Quality of sleep is essential for cognitive function and emotional well-being. Stress can disrupt sleep patterns which have a knock-on effect on mental and physical well-being. Physical activity regulates sleep cycles (healthy heart = healthy sleep) and increases relaxation, therefore, promoting better sleep.


This may be the first time your children or pupils are experiencing a high-stress situation and may not be able to understand their emotions or how to control these new feelings. So, how can you help promote physical activity every day to reduce stress?


  1. Incorporate Breaks– Encourage children to take short physical breaks during the day such as simple stretches, mini-dance parties or a quick outdoor walk.
  2. Yoga– Introduce children to age-appropriate yoga and breathing practices to promote deep relaxation and self-awareness.
  3. Team Sports– Engage children in team sports or group activities that involve social interactions such as tag rugby or obstacle courses
  4. Active Commuting- If it is accessible, promote walking, scootering or cycling to and from school instead of driving.


Remember, the goal is to make physical activity an enjoyable and integrated part of children’s routines, helping them manage stress and manage a healthy balance during the SATs period.

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