Stressed Out Student?

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Stressed Out Student?

Ayla Faullin

As high-school students, school is basically like a job. It takes up the majority of our day, and there is a lot of pressure to do well, as it affects your future. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are high. 75% of American teenagers report feeling “often or always stressed” when it comes to school. Studying is a big part of being prepared, and often it can feel too big to manage. But when you start to feel overwhelmed, there are different ways to help yourself refocus. So here are a few types of study breaks, according to collegestudysmarts.com, and when you should use them. 

  • If you’re feeling stressed out, take a few minutes to breathe and text someone close to you, like a friend. Don’t take too long of a break, or you’ll lose motivation to work. You can stare at a wall for a few minutes; regather your composure to keep at it. 
  • If there’s something else in your life and you can’t get it off your mind, try getting out a piece of paper and writing down whatever is bothering you. Getting it off your chest, even just a little bit, will allow you to focus better. It might not fix the problem, but it can be relieving to let go of a little of whatever burden you are carrying, even if it’s just to the paper. 
  • If the material is boring, look for different ways to practice, learn, and study. Find sources that fit your learning style, like videos, or draw out fun cartoons. Changing how you study can allow your brain to become interested once again. 
  • If you can’t seem to focus, go out and take a walk. If you have a pet, take it for a walk. Just go out and get some fresh air. Or even if you don’t have time to take a walk, do something simple like take out the garbage or check the mail. Getting up and moving around will help you focus. And be sure to put away your phone!
  • If the people around you are loud, try listening to some music. Soundtracks, classical music, and Lofi are designed to help you focus on more than the music and will be beneficial to study. Try to avoid music with words, as that can be distracting. White noise or other natural sounds like rain or waves can also help with your focus.
  • If you only half-understand a concept, find someone else to teach it to. Call a friend or one of your siblings and try to explain it to them. This will help you understand the material better. And if you’re not comfortable explaining it to another person, that’s okay! You can explain to your pet, a plant, or even the wall. Saying it out loud will help you. 
  • If you are physically and mentally exhausted, get some rest! Sleep is essential to help your brain retain information. It can be challenging to balance responsibilities and proper sleep, so if you are feeling tired, take a 25-30 minute nap. Make sure to set a timer because if you sleep for too long, you will feel groggy. Once you wake up, drink something caffeinated and keep working!
  • Finally, if you realize you have been studying for hours, take a break! Your brain needs some time to file away everything you have been learning. Grab a snack to refuel yourself, and maybe watch one or two episodes of one of your favorite shows. After that, it’s back to hitting the books!

There are many times that we can feel like giving up, but it’s important to remember that no matter what happens, you still have a future, and you will be okay. Sleep, proper nutrition, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle will help you have a healthy mindset. So, as you study, don’t forget that the most important thing is living happily and lovingly, because life is much more than grades.