Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension¬†resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Students¬†daily lives are becoming more occupied with school, work, family,¬†friends, and extra curricular activities. It‚Äôs evident that more students are¬†feeling overwhelmed with maintaining good grades while completing¬†work on time. It‚Äôs important to know that stress is inevitable but can be¬†dealt with if we take control of our lives and find solutions to deal with¬†our problems. Being in control of our thoughts, actions, schedule, and¬†emotions are the beginning steps to ease stress. Below are some ways¬†in which students can easily cope with school-related stress:
1. Identify where your stress comes from
What is it that you‚Äôre stressed about? Is it an upcoming exam, a dispute between¬†a classmate, too much work to complete, a low test score? Once you determine¬†what causes your stress, look for positive ways to resolve it.
For example, if you find yourself with to much work to complete, you could use a¬†planner to schedule your time for each of your tasks. Categorize your tasks from¬†high priority to low priority. Once that‚Äôs estabished, work on the the most difficult¬†tasks first to avoid procastination. After you finish a task, mark it as complete for a¬†feeling of accomplishment.
2. Time management
Time management is very crucial in dealing with stress in¬†school. Here are some ways in which you can use your¬†time effectively:
- Schedule your time wisely when your doing homework¬†and make sure you‚Äôre not procastinating. If you get an¬†assignment thats due next week, take at least 30 minutes¬†each day to work on it so as the¬†deadline approaches so you‚Äôll already have made much¬†progress.
- Find a quiet place to study and do your homework.¬†Avoid distractions like television, video games, cellphones,¬†and anything else that may interrupt you from your work.
- Find out if your school offers after school programs like homework clubs and tutoring programs to get¬†the necessary help with your work and to ensure you are staying on task.
3. Exercise daily
Exercising for 30 minutes each day will help you to alleviate stress and will boost your confidence levels.
Keep a routine for yourself and dont be afraid to switch it up. Some ways you can exercise are:
- Taking a walk outside, or running on a treadmill
- Riding a bike
- Stretch your body, or practice yoga
- Lift weights
4. Get enough sleep
Give your body some time to recuperate and restore your energy. Sleeping for at least 8-9 hours a night¬†will make stress levels drop dramatically, and keep you going throughout the day. This will keep your¬†body less irritable and tense and make your mind more alert. If you have problems sleeping at night, trydrinking a hot drink like tea or hot chocolate, or you can try taking power naps in between your day.