Relieving Stress, One Tip At A Time
Marissa Hasnani, Staff Writer
According to an NYU Study done in 2015, about 49% percent of high school students experience stress on a daily basis because of school.
The Princeton Review states that only 56% percent of students are happy on a typical day. This makes studying and doing other assignments not just difficult because of the work itself but because of the time spent stressing about work.
Today, stress is the number one factor for academic disruption, and it is continuing to get worse. How can students fix the “stress epidemic”? Many have proposed their ideas but few have actually been considered to truly change stress levels in students. Here are some of the best ways to prevent stress from getting the best of students:
Get moving. Mayo Clinic reports that stress is generally lower in those who exercise because it releases hormones, produces endorphins, and can improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Getting outside, going to the gym, or having that time to take a break and exercise can turn your day around and also can give you a fresh start.
Eat well. According to Options for Youth, healthy eating is linked to better memory, higher grades, and processing information faster. Eating from all of the main food groups not only helps your mind but also helps your body function well and properly.
Sleep more. Sleeping is also linked to helping lower stress in students. According to the American Psychological Association, sleeping allows our minds and bodies to recharge. As teenagers with a heavy workload, we need to be able to rest and rejuvenate and the recommended number of hours (or more, if possible).
Find a balance. Finding a balance is crucial to relieving stress in students. In a world that calls us to be so many things, we should find a happy medium between what we need to do and want to do. KidsHealth explains that one of the hardest parts of being a student is balancing your own work and balancing the activities you enjoy. One of the best ways that I have found to do this is to have your priorities established, know what you would like to and have to accomplish. Once you achieve those goals, you have the time to complete your other tasks.
Treat yourself. Celebrate your victories, big and small. As students, grades are a way to see what we know and don’t know, to identify what we need to work on in a sense. Celebrate that hard work, celebrate your understanding of the content. This not only boosts your self-esteem but also gives you something to look forward to. Which, in turn, makes your work less stressful!
I truly hope that all of these tips help you succeed this school year. Remember that grades are not everything, but they are important. A letter grade does not define who you are or your intelligence.
We’re reaching the halfway point of the first semester and to many the school year can start to become difficult. As work begins to pile up and students receive more and more assignments, it can be hard to keep up. So how does stress affect students and what can they do about it?