School can be a great source of stress. It requires late hours, a lot of hard work, passing tests and quizzes, and working to have a social life and extra activities on top of everything else. School can have many sources of stress, like bad relationships with peers or teachers and the pressure to perform well. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that can help you deal with school stress.
Identify the causes for the stress
Stress can come from a variety of sources. School-related stress can be linked to many issues, but often we put pressure on ourselves. If we have very high expectations or try to perform always at the highest level, that can contribute to making us more stressed. Consider where most of your stress is coming from.
Procrastination is the bane of many students and a big source of stress. Whether it’s related to homework, study, or other issues, when we wait until the last minute, we can make ourselves feel a lot more pressure. Use time management strategies and planning to avoid leaving everything until the last minute and try to get an early start.
Outline your priorities
We have limited amounts of time and energy to invest in the different things we need to do. We can’t be amazing at everything, even if we want to. It’s a good idea to outline your priorities. What matters more to you now? Where can you afford a B instead of an A? Consider what matters most and do what’s important first.
Make time for fun and rest
Fun, social activities, and rest, especially sleep, are very important. They make us perform better and feel less stressed overall. Even if you have a lot to do, try to make some time for your hobbies, for artistic activities, for sleep, and for being with your friends. Cutting out all fun and most of rest time won’t make you more productive, but it will make you more frustrated and stressed.
Cohen, M. (2017). Student Stress & Anxiety Guide | LearnPsychology.org. Psychology. Retrieved 17 March 2017, from http://www.learnpsychology.org/student-stress-anxiety-guide/