I think it’s fair to say we’ve all gone through our fair share of stress. But, when dealing with the dreaded school stress, even though it’s something that we’ve all gone through and experience at different intensities and at different points of our school lives, we can all relate one way or another. And actually, as I type this now, I have my own fair share of university stress towering over me, weaved together with all of the other stresses in life. Being my last month of my final year of university, it’s definitely no casual walk in the park and stress levels are rocketing. Whilst I’m no expert by all means, but as somebody who has juggled their fair share of education stress, here’s my tips on how to hopefully relieve that school stress we all feel and help you appreciate those school days we all have to endure.
The one tip I highly recommend you live by through your years of education is to understand that the stress you’re experiencing is normal. As soon as you’ve mastered this understanding, you’ve already eliminated a good amount of your school stress. When deadlines are looming, tasks are piling up and you’re struggling to manage; this stress overload is a normal feeling for everyone. The list of tasks to complete may seem never-ending, but don’t let the stress make your brain explode. My lecturer recently told me that our brains are muscles, which undeniably need a good workout to stay healthy. She told me that my brain would be undoubtedly toned from all of my work I’ve been storing in my brain, and that kind of compliment filled me with all sorts of happiness. To know your hard work is paying off, almost makes the stress worthwhile. But, she taught me that just like your muscles after a workout, do NOT overwork it. Next thing you know, you’re tired, noticeably irritable and experiencing what I call ‘a mental burn out’. I can tell you that nothing is worth a mental burn out, and it’s not healthy for any part of your body. So, this idea of understanding your stress and realising there are a lot of people in the same boat, almost eases stress off you already and prevents this dreaded brain burn out. The familiarity of school stress helps us not only conquer it ourselves and within our own minds, but also helps us to help each other. This then backs onto the next tip of speaking to your peers.
By being open with people you spend time with may be a huge relief, as the familiarity and relatability of the stress from your nearest and dearest, may help you to understand that stress can happen to anybody and can happen a lot closer to home than you think. You’re never alone in your stress.
On the topic of managing tasks, a good way of easing this dreaded school stress is to keep organised of everything you’re tackling. I found that once everything was in an accessible and neat place for me to grab when needed, it made me feel so much more at ease. An organised set of resources makes an organised mind, and an organised mind is the best resource you’ll ever have. So, divide your folder into sections, get your coloured pens out and organise in a way that keeps your mind muddle free! Whatever works for you. Personally, I found that labelling everything into categories to keep things in some kind of order helps me to not only organise my files, but my thoughts. Whilst being the most important muscle, your brain is also your own personal library and office space. All of your knowledge is stored in one place, and only you have access to it, and only you have to understand the scheme of how things are organised and stored.
As soon as you have an organised brain, the stress will start to stop overwhelming you.
My tips are only pointers to help you tackle the school stress, and show you what worked for me. But, what works for one person, may not work for the next. But, the one tip we all need to remember is; understand that stress is natural. Whilst in the moment of stress, we feel unhelped, almost drowning in deadlines and work, we need to open our minds and take a step back. Take a moment to breathe.
Don’t stress over stress.