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How to cope with stress from school

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Kid struggling with stress while dealing with academic work. Picture from: Eschoolnews

Every high school level is increasingly challenging because of harder coursework and AP’s However, it is reasonable to assume that we all want to have a successful academic year, and we may often be too hard on ourselves since our expectations sometimes don't match our outcomes. In my opinion, that is completely fine. Occasionally we perform below expectations and experience anxiety as a result. It is great to have high aspirations and to aim for the stars; nevertheless, we must remember that to perform at our best, we must be confident in our abilities. To do well in our studies, we also must ensure that our mental health is in great condition and a priority in our life. Here are some of the best ways to cope with stress and anxiety and get through student life more calmly without ruining your grades.

Tip #1 - USE THE 4 As

The 4 As is a great way to reduce stress; by following these tips you can better determine how you will manage your time and energy in a reasonable balance.

Avoid: Avoid situations that you know would stress you out; for example, if you are sluggish in the morning or forget everything, pack your stuff the day before so that you don't have to worry about forgetting or not finding something in the morning. Also, if a certain thing at school gives you a high amount of anxiety, try to avoid it.

Alter: If you are stressed about something, attempt to modify your environment, or change your schedule so that you can dedicate more time to the issue that is causing you to worry.

Adapt: If you can't prevent your stress over this particular "thing," attempt to rethink how you'll deal with it; try to see things from a different angle. Break this stress down and come up with a simpler solution.

Accept: You will always have stress and you will never be able to eliminate it, so understand that stress is a part of life and that you simply need to learn how to manage and regulate it. It's not that stress is bad; it's how you deal with it; without stress in your life, you won't be able to achieve your goals.

Tip #2 - Try to have a healthy lifestyle

Make sure you maintain a good balance between school and other vital needs such as enough sleep and nutrition. Getting enough sleep and eating a nutritious diet is essential for teens' development and energy. Exercising is also very important for many parts of your life, including stress and anxiety relief.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” Irish Proverb

Tip #3 - Talk

Discuss how you're feeling with your pals; this may sound like nonsense, but chatting with your friends, family, and counselor will help you find remedies to your overpowering stress.

Tip #4 - Never compare yourself to others

Just because someone scored more on an exam than you does not imply that you are less intelligent or stupid. When you compare yourself to others, you may believe you are not as good, which is unhealthy. Remember that everyone is different!

Tip #5 - Don't overthink

It will just add more stress than what you are already dealing with.Focus on the present, only worry about what you need to finish that day. One day at a time!

Tip #6 - Make a schedule/to-do list

For some people, like myself, having a "to-do list" where I write all my assignments when they are due, and what day of the week I should do them on, allows me to organize and structure a more efficient work plan.

Tip #7 - Replace the negative with the positive

Our perspective on things has a significant influence on how we perform. Instead of whining about work, which will not change anything, attempt to reinforce positive things to yourself. Accept your positive attributes and remind yourself that you can accomplish them and that you are stronger than any challenge.

Tip #8 - Don't give up on yourself

It might be frustrating when you cannot find solutions to your issues, comprehend something, or are just overwhelmed by stress that you are unable to recognize the things around you. However, remember that it is important to keep your determination and not give up because giving up will not alleviate your stress, it will just make it worse.

Always remember the significance of stress management and that you are not alone; most teens experience stress, and by learning how to manage it, you can be a better version of yourself while still achieving your ambitious goals. Hope these 8 tips help you manage your stress and remember to just keep swimming ;)

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