They say that your school days are meant to be the best days of your life. This can be true in many cases, but they can also be some of the most stressful times as well. There is so much focus on doing well in exams and getting into college – as well as keeping on top of all extracurricular activities – that sometimes it can all get a bit too much. Many teenagers in the education system admit to feeling overly stressed or anxious as a result of their studies – something that can have a negative impact on your academic performance, as well as your social life. High school doesn’t last forever, and like most people, you probably want to have happy memories of it. If school related stress is getting you down, here are some ways you can manage your anxieties.
Get enough sleep
This might seem obvious – after all, your parents are forever nagging at you to go to bed at a reasonable time, when all you want to do is stay up and watch Dance Moms. But unfortunately, on this occasion they might have a point. Being sleep deprived means that your brain struggles to concentrate and you won’t be as sharp in lessons, meaning that your grades are at risk of slipping. If you don’t already have one, try to implement a relaxing bedtime routine that helps you to wind down. Create a safe space in your bedroom with the help of candles and dim lighting – you can even look into the effects of gemstones to aid in helping you drift off to sleep.
Drop some of the extra curricular stuff
When we are in junior school, we are used to being a part of lots of sports teams, drama clubs and various other classes taking part outside of school hours. But once we have moved up to high school our studies intensify and it becomes more and more difficult to keep on top of all these extra things – as well as having a social life too! If you try and do it all, you will eventually burn out, and again, your grades may end up suffering as a result. Take a look at the classes and clubs you are a part of and see if there’s any of them that you wouldn’t mind dropping – thus giving you more time to relax and check in with yourself.
Tackle your assignments one at a time
We all know how it feels when a deadline is approaching and we try and do a million things at once. Our words and thoughts get jumbled and what we end up producing all seems a little disjointed. To produce assignments of quality, only focus on one at a time – the most pressing one comes first. That way, you can give the task all of your focus and you and concentrate your flow of thought on one particular topic, before moving onto the next task.