How to manage stress at school?
Some studies found that the young generation is the most stressed. This mostly includes college students around the world. Academic loads cause them anxiety and stress which in turn make them struggle at school.
Students have several sources of stress. It could be their parents who force them to attain high academic achievement. Or their teachers who always criticize their poor exam scores. The combination of these factors is enough for students to feel anxiety and stress.
If students don’t learn how to manage stress at school, they are in danger. In fact, in some parts of the world, there is an increasing case of suicides among students.
Students are in constant fear; fear of not having financial support, fear of not being fit in the school culture, or fear of not achieving the pre-set goals. Although fear is sometimes a good source of motivation, in many cases, it deteriorates one’s performance.
If you are one of those students who are not sure how to manage stress at school, then you are in the right place. In this article, I will be sharing the simple yet effective ways to lessen the stress of students. As an educator, I have seen enough. I know what makes students stressed.
To stay physically and psychologically healthy, follow the steps I have listed below and learn how to manage stress at school.
1. Take care of yourself
The first step to attain mental health is by taking care of your body. And the best way of doing it is by eating healthy foods and have enough sleep. Most students tend to rush to school because tomorrow is the deadline. As a result, they don’t eat and sleep well. They have no idea that the basic biological needs determine their mental health.
Take care of yourself. Take control of your life. Do not dwell on negative imaginings. Don’t worry. You have what it takes to succeed in school as long as you are healthy. So take care of your health first.
2. Shape your own thoughts
Most students don’t realize that their mind is the one that makes them stressed. In fact, there is no reason to feel stressed. The deadlines and your teachers are not the real stressors. It is your negative thinking pattern that makes you anxious.
Instead of focusing on those stressors, you can divert your focus and energy on something that you can control. Think of the ways you can eliminate the threat. And the best way to do that is by finding ways you can effectively deal with your projects and deadlines. In other words, focus on the controllable.
Of course, you cannot control your teacher and the deadline. But there something you can do to finish your project ahead of time.
3. Deal with your projects bit by bit
Most students tend to do their projects at one time. The only problem is that it is not effective. The best thing you should do instead is chunking your projects into smaller pieces. Figure out the steps and organize them. You don’t have to finish the whole project at one night. What you need is to deal with one piece at a time. Schedule everything and figure out your priorities.
4. Be realistic in your goals
The unrealistic academic goal is a source of stress at school. Instead of pursuing a goal that is beyond your capability, be realistic. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Achieving high GPA is good. But if it is impossible for you, aim for a reachable one. Be realistic.
5. Balance your life as a student
It is a good practice to give your best by studying hard. But you should not forget to take care of yourself. Take a break. Do not burn yourself. Have fun and some breaks. Doing irrelevant things can refresh your mind. Engage in your hobby or in anything that you love doing. It could be watching your favorite TV show or an outdoor game. Go and have some fun.
There you go. You have my basic tips on how to manage stress at school. Do not be so serious. Life is just a game. Stay focus but don’t forget to have some fun out of it.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.