WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Recently, there has been an epidemic of anxiety among students due to school and its pressures. The effects of this academic stress can be physical, mental, and social and cause a great disruption in their lives. A survey done by the American Psychological Association shows how 45 percent of teens were impacted by the pressures of school which lead them to an abundance of stress. The stress obtained from school can lead to difficulty of sleeping, increased heart rate, higher anxiety, antisocial behavior and a bunch more negative symptoms. The image below helps to visualize the shared feeling of stress from students and how it impacts their life outside of school
A study done by Society for Research In child Development (SRCD) showed how the stress caused there to be an academic setback in the education of the students. The survey revolved around taking daily saliva samples of specific teens in order to evaluate the cortisol levels (stress induced hormones). Most of these students, 68 percent, grade’s dropped during the first semester after reporting that they were feeling stressed. The grades really took a toll on these students which could’ve developed into chronic stress causing there to be long term damage in the immune system and/or other parts of the body.
My Response: What can we do?
Although too much stress can lead to negative symptoms, instead stress could be used as a valuable motivator to push you into success. Therefore, learning to manage the overwhelming amount of mental pressure into something more docile, can be hugely beneficial to students.
Using the stress management tools as illustrated above along with the following are micro steps in oder to achieve a good balance between motivation and a tranquil mentality.
- Disconnect from all forms of social media and focus on yourself. Shying away from technological devices is scientifically proven, by British researchers, to lower your stress levels.
- Practice Mindfulness
- The RRTC defines “mindfulness” as, “a state of intentional, nonjudgmental focus on the present moment. Mindfulness techniques are often incorporated into other practices, such as yoga or meditation.”
- Become morning people
- Mornings can be very tough on most individuals, but a study done by Christopher Randler, proves how early risers are more proactive resulting in higher probability of success in the future. Use this extra time as an advantage by studying more and accomplishing stressful assignments.
How will you help?
In the comments below, please share (1) What sacrifices do you have to make for school? (2) How is balancing all curricular and extracurricular activities affected your mental health? (3) How do you manage your stress?