5 Tips on How to Deal with Stress at School.
Students of all ages can suffer from school-related stress, and this can take a pretty heavy toll on overall mental health. If you have ever had to deal with stress and anxiety, you know the feeling of constant worry and how this can affect many aspects of our daily life.
School life is full of challenges of all kinds, and academic stress is certainly one of those things our children will have to learn how to deal with. Coping with school stress and learning about stress management overall will provide our children with small leverage to overcome many of those challenges.
These are the most common sources of stress in the academic environment:
- Having too many assignments.
- Social encounters.
- Extracurricular activities.
Academic pressures can come for almost anything to genera stress and increase the risk of suffering the consequences of this silent enemy.
Did you know that according to the American Psychological Association and research performed in 2014, children and teenagers are dealing with similar stress levels to adults? This is not good at all, but it is reality.
Teaching our children to cope with stress is just a part of the solution, but a solution nevertheless. We have some tips on how to deal with stress at school that can help your children reduce stress in their life.
Remember that this is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Stress is a very serious problem; you should seek help from a professional if you observe severe consequences in your children’s daily life.
Promote regular exercise activity.
Physical activities have proven to be one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. When we exercise, our brain segregates hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which are the nemesis of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone).
In addition to that, practicing sports or doing physical activity of some sort can have a significant impact on the cognitive development of our children, helping them perform better at school-related tasks. You can see more scientific evidence about it here.
Of course, one of the best ways to promote exercise is by having a playground at home. You can use it as a tool to help your children deal with stress caused by homework or other school-related duties.
Teach relaxation techniques.
It is amazing how deep breathing and other very common relaxation techniques can help us smooth the tensions and think clearly.
Teach your children about these techniques and promote them regularly, as part of a routine before dealing with school assignments.
Yoga, pilates, and progressive muscle relaxation are some of the approaches you can take with your children to cope with stress in a healthy way while getting all the benefits these activities have on their own.
Try to find the root of the problem.
This seems like a very obvious thing to do, but the truth is that many children often do not know they are dealing with stress or what could be the reason to be suffering from that.
Try to establish friendly conversations with your children and talk to them about how they feel. It is important children have a secure space where they can express themselves and speak the truth about their problems.
In addition to that, you can always check if, perhaps, the kid is involved in too many academic or extracurricular activities. It is important to find the balance between school life and other hobbies or interest our children may have.
Maybe, your children are dealing with too much homework from different school assignments. Of course, this is not something that is actually in our control, but we can certainly help our children create routines and schedules for school-related chores.
As parents, we must manage our expectations.
You may simply want your child to do their best. But perhaps your kid thinks this means getting straight “A’s” on everything.
There is a small chance that some of the stress your children are dealing with is because of the expectations you lay upon them. It is not your fault: we all want what is best for them and see them achieving many great things.
However, we must be very careful with the things we say to our children and the behavior we show when they are dealing with stress. We might be sending the wrong message to them. Be realistic about the things your children can accomplish depending on their age group and other developmental factors.
Use positive reinforcement and celebrate.
A palm in the back and a big “congratulations” can go a long way. Children who live in a positive environment are more likely to deal better with stressful situations.
Be on the lookout for opportunities to congratulate your children and their achievements. There is no need to give them an actual prize every time they do something good or when they act with restraint in stressful situations.
Words can hurt, but they can cure as well.
Positive reinforcement can be a brick in the path to self-esteem.
Is there any special technique you use with your children at home to help them deal with scholar stress? Share it with us! we love to read from our community and their valuable experiences.
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