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.
It has been scientifically proven that stress is only helpful up to a certain threshold, exceeding this limit will have many negative consequences.
Stress has been reported as the number one hindrance to student academic performance.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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