6 Ways to Handle School-Related Stress
Stressed out about upcoming exams? Thinking ahead to AP or EOC (End-of-Course) exams? Graduating this year and still finishing scholarship essays or college applications?
Don’t stress! These tips from two 11th grade students at FLVS can help. Here’s what Tamar and Jade have to say to help you stay on track:
As students adjust to spring school schedules, the second semester often brings a higher level of stress. It can be very difficult to get used to having new subjects, new teachers, and going back to a structured routine.
Unfortunately, many students buckle under the pressure. If you are one of those students, don’t let stress become overwhelming!
Here are six quick ways to handle school-related stress.
1. Don’t overwork yourself and make time for rest and relaxation.
If writing a to-do list or schedule allows you to remember break periods, make one! Having a specific list (whether it includes time slots or not) helps you have an overall idea of all that should be accomplished.
2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This will keep you more active and ready to take on the day. Simple actions, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, can have drastic effects on a daily routine! Studies show that even short bursts of physical activity throughout the day can increase positive emotions and feelings of optimism.
Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. You’ll be more alert and ready to learn during the day. If you prefer waking up early to do homework, go for it! If you’re a night owl, manage time in the evening to complete assignments!
4. Get organized and stay organized!
File folders, use planners, or try anything that works! There is no reason to be ashamed of carrying specific items to help stay organized and on-task. There is no cookie-cutter solution to staying organized, so feel free to come up with your own technique. Writing down your schedule or organization method can also help.
5. Stay positive!
Make an inspiration board. Cut out motivational quotes and images that make you smile and paste them onto a poster board or a piece of cardstock. Hang the collage in a location that is easily accessible whenever an uplifting boost is needed.
6. Ask for help!
Believe it or not, teachers are there to help you succeed! When feeling confused or overwhelmed by a particular subject or assignment, ask your teacher for help. Don’t be afraid or ashamed! Apart from the teacher, a parents, older sibling, or any other adult will be more than happy to help!
This article was written by student editors Jade Brown and Tamar Lilienthal and originally published by the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click.