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9 ways to reduce school STRESS

Updated: Apr 14



Studies show 50-80% of students are experiencing considerable school stress due to increased strict educational requirement adherences. This stress can affect performance on tests, participation in classes, and the well being of students everywhere. Therefore, it's vital for all students to have ideas to support effective stress management techniques that work.


The following stress relief tips and tools for students are vital for minimizing school stress. Use these in your life to learn study skills, prepare for exams and minimize stress levels to make learning easier.

When you find stress management techniques that work for you and make them habits in your life now, you can draw upon these strategies as you face stress throughout your life. For greater success in school and life, master the following.


1. Manage Time Wisely



It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to work on your studies if you want to do well, and you can save yourself a lot of stress if you plan with good time management skills.

Setting up a schedule for study, breaking up your studies into smaller chunks, and other time management skills are essential.


2. Get Organized



Have a system of organization for note-taking, keeping track of assignments, and other important papers. Being organized can bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing where everything is, remembering deadlines and test dates, and clearing your mind of some of the mental clutter that disorganization brings.

Keep a calendar, a schedule, and a filing system for your school assignments, and you’ll find it prevents a significant amount of stress!


3.Create a Good Study Environment



Creating a soothing environment can reduce stress and help you learn.Aromatherapy, for example, is a known stress reliever, and peppermint essential oil is said to wake up your brain. Playing classical music as you study can also soothe you and help you learn (unless you find it distracting).


4.Know Your Learning Style



Did you know that we don’t all learn in the same way? It’s important to know whether you’re a visual, kinesthetic or auditory learner, as you can tailor your study practices around your particular learning style and make success easier to attain.


5.Practice Visualizations



Visualizations and imagery are proven stress management techniques. You can also reduce student stress and improve test performance by imagining yourself achieving your goals.


Take a few minutes each day and visualize, in detail, what you'd like to happen, whether it’s giving a presentation without getting nervous, acing an exam, or something else that will support your success. Then work hard and make it happen!


6.Develop Optimism



It has been proven that optimists—those who more easily shrug off failures and multiple successes—are healthier, less stressed, and more successful. Optimism is a state that can be practiced, and your overall levels of optimism can increase as a result.


7.Get Enough Sleep



Rest is needed to perform well. Research shows that those who are sleep-deprived have more trouble learning and remembering, and perform more poorly in many areas. You can also be more reactive to stress when you are sleep-deprived..

Students are notoriously busy and sleep-deprived, so you may need to go against the grain at times in order to protect your sleep schedule, but it will be worth it both now and in the future. Work your schedule so you get enough sleep, or take power naps.


8.Learn Study Skills



When you know and practice specific study skills, your entire school experience becomes easier. Learning to stay focused on tasks and organized with your study schedule, for example, can enable you to get more done when you study.

Many of these skills transfer to productivity skills in your career, so they are important to know. Here are some more specific study skills and techniques that can help you improve your performance.

9. Create time to relax



Chronic stress can impair your ability to learn and remember facts as well; stress management is one of the most important--and most overlooked--school necessities. Making time every day to spend 30 minutes to relax is important to regulate your nervous system to reduce stress build up in the body.


See some ideas below: Add your own ways of relaxing.


a) have a warm drink, have a snack

b) walk the dog, do a craft

c) exercise, run, swim or play a sport

d) watch a video, movie or call a friend

e) practice mindfulness

f) take a warm bath or shower


A regular stress management practice can reduce your overall stress level and help you to be prepared for whatever comes. The more you identify and practice techniques that work for you now, the more prepared you will be to cope with the challenges you face throughout your life.


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Corene Jonat, RP,  EXAT, Psychotherapist, Arts Therapist

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