Reduce Student Stress and Excel in School

Ways to Reduce Your Stress at School

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As educational requirements get more stringent in all levels of education, students everywhere experience considerable school stress.

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.

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 ahead 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.

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!

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, so I recommend burning it as you study. Playing classical music as you study can also soothe you and help you learn (unless you find it distracting). 

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. 

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!

Develop Optimism

It’s been proven that optimists—those who more easily shrug off failures and multiply successes—are healthier, less stressed, and more successful. While some level of optimism is inborn, optimism is a state that can be practiced, and your overall levels of optimism can increase as a result.  Here's how you can develop the traits of optimism and harness these benefits for yourself, and do better in your studies and in your future career.

Get Enough Sleep

If you want your performance to be optimum, you need to be well-rested. 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, so there are many reasons to focus on getting quality sleep each night.  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, now and in the future.  Work your schedule so you get enough sleep, or take power naps.

Learn Study Skills

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

Use Stress Management Techniques

Chronic stress can actually impair your ability to learn and remember facts as well, stress management is one of the most important--and most overlooked--school necessities. 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 challenges you face throughout your life.

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