Ways to fight school stress

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

If you’re stressed, talk about it with someone. Maybe they can even help with that tricky homework!

Ask any student and they’ll probably tell you that school is a major source of stress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are a few tips to fend off that unwelcome anxiety.

First things first: do not rush in the morning. If you’re running around behind schedule and hurrying to scarf down breakfast, it sets a bad tone for the day. Instead of dashing through the house to gather school belongings and getting marked tardy by your teacher, make sure to wake up a bit earlier and allow plenty of time to start the day in peace. Also, have your backpack ready to go the night before and organize your homework ahead of time!

Waking up earlier doesn’t have to mean sacrificing precious sleep – you should be getting to bed earlier. Lack of sleep will increase your irritability and decrease the amount of stress you can handle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a high school aged student should be getting around 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep every night, so make sure you’re getting enough.

Lastly, if school stress is really bearing down on your shoulders, talk it out with a parent or counselor. This is especially true if there is an obnoxious bully who makes school much harder than it needs to be. And if you’re unsure how to do a math problem or you don’t know when a big project is due, by all means, ask a teacher! They’ll be more than happy to help you focus, organize, and succeed.

Featured image courtesy of Victoria Nevland on Flickr. Image of study buddies courtesy of Mike Davis on Flickr.