Academic stress

Unavoidable

Around 55% of students state academics as their biggest stressor, and while it can be a motivator for some it can also end up harming students' performance and concentration.

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It has been scientifically proven that stress is only helpful up to a certain threshold, exceeding this limit will have many negative consequences.

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Common

Stress has been reported as the number one hindrance to student academic performance.

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Warning signs

 

Feeling extremely overwhelmed

Changes in sleep patterns

Complaining about school more frequently

More irritable or moody

Increased stomachs or headaches

Changes in appetite

Decreased academic performance and productivity

Having difficulty concentrating and focusing

Decreased participation in previously enjoyed activities

Frequent worry and nervousness 

TREATMENT

If you feel you are getting too stressed out from school to the point that it has started to affect your performance and function, make sure you reach out to your counselor either through email or just talking to the front desk. School counselors can refer you to other resources and help manage the workload. Stress is an increasing issue in students and it is super important that everyone knows how to properly handle it.

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Coping strategies

Mindfulness Meditation

Practicing mindfulness is a common method in managing stress. It forces people to focus on the present by honing in on your breath, senses, body, thoughts, and environment. Try out this breathing practice by Northwestern.

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Get Enough Sleep

Even though it may seem difficult with all the projects and tests to study for, it is super important to be getting 7 to 9 hours a sleep each night. Here are some ways to manage your time better to ensure you have time to sleep, a relaxation technique that can help you fall asleep, and ways to have better sleep.

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Exercise Regularly

Whether with a friend or alone, outside or in the comfort of your home, getting some physical activity for as little as 20 to 30 minutes can help release some of that tension. 

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8.  APA Help Center. (2014, February 11). Stress in America - Conquering Your Stress.                                     Retrieved from https://youtu.be/bOmJ5FHr0a8