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  • Writer's pictureHolly Essler

How to Manage School Stress

Coping with school stress is essential for maintaining your well-being and academic performance. Here are some effective ways to manage and reduce school-related stress:

  1. Time Management: Create a schedule that allocates time for studying, assignments, extracurricular activities, and relaxation. Proper time management can help you avoid last-minute cramming and reduce stress.

  2. Organize and Prioritize: Break down tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Prioritize tasks based on deadlines and importance. This approach can make your workload feel more manageable and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

  3. Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable goals for your studies and other activities. Unrealistic expectations can lead to unnecessary stress. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they are.

  4. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and ensure you're getting enough sleep. A healthy body supports a healthy mind, making it easier to cope with stress.

  5. Practice Relaxation Techniques: Incorporate relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation into your daily routine. These practices can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calm.

  6. Social Support: Reach out to friends, family, or classmates for support. Talking about your feelings and concerns can provide emotional relief and sometimes even practical solutions.

  7. Seek Help: Don't hesitate to ask for help from teachers, counselors, or academic advisors if you're struggling with coursework. They can provide guidance and resources to help you succeed.

  8. Breaks and Self-Care: Take regular breaks during study sessions. Engage in activities you enjoy, such as hobbies, reading, or spending time outdoors. Self-care is crucial for maintaining a healthy mental state.

  9. Avoid Procrastination: Procrastination can increase stress levels as deadlines approach. Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique (working for a set time and then taking a short break) to stay focused and productive.

  10. Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness by staying present in the moment and avoiding excessive worry about the future. Mindful practices can help reduce stress and increase your ability to concentrate.

  11. Positive Self-Talk: Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Challenge self-doubt and cultivate a positive mindset about your abilities.

  12. Limit Perfectionism: Striving for excellence is great, but perfectionism can lead to unnecessary stress. Understand that it's okay to make mistakes and that learning from them is part of the process.

  13. Engage in Creative Outlets: Expressing yourself through creative activities like art, writing, or music can be therapeutic and provide an outlet for stress.

  14. Plan Fun Activities: Incorporate enjoyable activities into your schedule to give yourself something to look forward to, whether it's watching a movie, going for a walk, or spending time with loved ones.

Remember that everyone's stress management techniques may vary, so it's important to find what works best for you. If your stress becomes overwhelming and persistent, consider seeking guidance from a mental health professional. Empowering You Therapy is here for every step of your journey.

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