There are no two ways about it: school is stressful! It seems that year on year, the pressure imposed on students gets increasingly difficult to manage.
At Enrol, we understand that de-stressing can seem impossible at times.
Amidst the whirlwind of homework, teachers, peer relationships and extracurriculars, finding time for yourself can be nearly impossible. Still, it’s important to try and integrate an element of self-care into your daily life.
This may be as straightforward as ensuring that you get enough sleep. Yes, we know there will probably be all-nighters and late bedtimes during your school career, but you shouldn’t make this a habit!
Remember that your body will tell you what it needs. If you’re tired, make an effort to catch up on sleep (you need more than you think you do to function properly and learn). If you’re hungry, eat something that’s going to give you energy. Drink enough water. Go for a walk. Download a meditation app and try to clear your mind for twenty minutes.
Making a bit of time for yourself every now and again can really help you de-stress! Don’t underestimate the power of a few scented candles and a bubble bath.
Change your mindset
This one is easier said than done, but it’s well worth the effort.
Stress originates in your belief in negative thoughts. Don’t believe us? Look: if you’re stressing about not getting a project finished on time, your brain is going to start compiling everything bad that could happen.
“I’m not going to get it started on time. How can I fit in time to do it on Thursday when I have football after school? What if I’m doing it all wrong and I fail? What if the people I’ve asked for help are doing it wrong too? I bet everyone else has already finished. I’m so behind!”
The more you focus on assumptions, the further your brain strays from the truth. The reality is that you have a project to do, and time to do it in. Come up with specific ways to combat your stressful thoughts. Write it down if you need to.
“I’m not going to get it started on time,” becomes “I’m going to do a bit of it today and then at least I know I’ve done as much as I can for today”. “What if I’m doing it wrong and I fail?” becomes “I’m going to ask my teacher for guidance to make sure I’m heading along the right lines”.
Debunk your stress before it even starts to stress you out!
Cut assignments down into small, manageable steps
This one may seem obvious, but it’s often overlooked in favour of trying to cram an entire homework project into one night. Looking at your assignment as a huge chunk of work is daunting and will inevitably cause you to procrastinate.
Make your assignments manageable. Got twenty pages to do, and two weeks to do them in? Break it down! Do a bit a day, and do as much in school time as possible – your mind will still be in ‘learning mode’ and it’ll be easier to concentrate in a library with earphones in than at home in front of the TV.
Lower your goals
We’re not saying you need to start slacking – far from it, in fact. Instead, look at the goals you’ve set yourself. If being top of the class is your main goal, you’re going to suffer from competitive stress, a constant need to compare yourself to others, and the pressure that comes with having to uphold that title.
Instead, look at goals that satisfy you personally. Want an A on the biology exam? Focus on that, and not the fact that so-and-so from the other class got an A* last time.
At the end of the day, trying your best is all you can do, so make sure to put the effort in if you want to see results.
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We hope this article gave you some practical tips and adice for dealing with exam season. To all of you taking exams this year – best of luck, and study hard.
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