Life as a student means that you have to face and handle different types of challenges. Many young people place high demands on themselves and their academic performance, which can lead to feeling stressed.
Stress is a natural reaction in the body that might now always be the enemy. A study has shown that positive stress strengthens the immune system, enhances memory, and improves decision-making skills.
In the short term, stress is an effective and positive reaction in the body, but if it persists for a long period, it can be directly harmful. For this reason, it’s very important to be aware of this and find a balance between studying and resting.
In this article, we look at how students can manage student stress, meet study goals, and keep their worries at bay.
Learning loss has always been an issue that students have struggled with as it affects their knowledge retention and stunts their progress. Although it happens because of numerous reasons, some of the most common ones that negatively impact learning include impaired school routine, course scheduling, and ineffective teaching.
To overcome learning loss, one should look at a study guide that offers effective strategies that can help students and lower their stress levels. Depending on students’ needs and preferences a study guide can mitigate learning loss and students of all ages can overcome their learning disabilities and perform better academically.
Another thing that helps is moments of rest during the school day, such as lunch and coffee breaks without simultaneously performing any task and walking away from the computer when sitting in front of it for too long. Since the brain is unable to maintain full focus for long periods, it’s also good to take micro-breaks every hour, stand up and stretch for a few minutes.
We often want to complete our assignments as soon as possible, perhaps with the idea of rewarding ourselves with rest later, but we need to turn this around and instead repeat to ourselves that small breaks are important for us to be able to complete tasks and get good results.
Taking breaks is well-invested time, and if you try to force yourself to focus for long periods without a break, it might lead to fatigue and poor concentration.
When stressed, it’s easy to opt-out of physical activities to save on study time, but it’s precisely during stressful periods that it’s essential to take care of your body and move as much as possible.
Studying often means that a lot of time is spent sitting still and this is why it’s crucial to make physical activity or movement a part of everyday life. Try walking or cycling to school, or getting off the bus or parking the car some distance from the school and walking the last bit.
You can also try to get in the habit of taking the stairs instead of the elevator, as it allows you to get extra exercise. If you’re physically active for at least half an hour every day, you’ll significantly increase your stress resistance.
Exercise also improves the brain’s learning ability and can often make it easier to fall asleep at night, so there are many benefits in addition to the physical health benefits.
Importance of Sleep
As adults, we need to get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is needed for the body and brain to rest, recover and process impressions and new knowledge. Trying to catch up with more of your studies by sleeping less is not a good idea.
The consequence is that you quickly lose in efficiency and energy if you’re not well-rested and then the studies take longer instead. It’s nothing to worry about if you sleep badly sometimes, but if you sleep too little night after night, it will eventually result in you not feeling well.
Learning different techniques to relax can be good if you have difficulty falling asleep or you tend to wake up during the night. Small changes can have a positive effect on your sleep health. For example, getting to bed on time, sleeping in cool and dark bedrooms can be some of the ways to facilitate and improve the quality of a good night’s sleep.
School plays an important role in a student’s life. It also brings many challenges that can cause stress – partly because of the pressure to achieve good academic results but also the social strain of fitting in among peers.
If, as a student, you begin to notice symptoms of stress, it’s important to find ways to manage it. In this way, you’ll become more productive and get to enjoy your school experience.