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STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS TEACHES WELL-BEING
Remember when stress in the academic environment was confined to mainly college students? Today, student stress is the “privilege” of all ages and grade levels. The new student, even entering Kindergarten, can experience “separation anxiety” in leaving the consistent and comforting life of home and mom. The transition from Grade School to High School brings new stress in the form of social anxiety and awkwardness; this results from changing peer groups coupled with an intense yearning to “fit in” with the “in crowd.” The emergence of lethal acting out in the Columbine shootings, when this “fitting in” becomes not only unsuccessful but also psychically painful, shows how dire student stress can become. It’s crucial now that stress management for students be as much a priority as healthy food, campus security, and qualified faculty members.
Causes And Conditions
Unfortunately, stress is a part of every student's daily life. A student’s personal stress requirements and the amount which can be tolerated before becoming distressed varies with the student’s life situation and age.
Some common student stress factors are:
- Unfamiliar Surroundings - as noted above, leaving home, parents and neighborhood, even for the daytime, can be stressful, at least until some familiarity is gained.
- New Social Group -becoming acquainted and learning to interact with new people, male and female, can challenge any young (or older) student’s emotional skills. The desire to “belong” is universal and particularly strong in teenage students who are often insecure and highly self-critical.
- Self-Esteem– any self-perceived fault, lack or failing becomes amplified in the often anonymous yet competitive academic setting. A harried, fearful student can be their own worst critic; the rise of suicide among our youth attests to this.
- Scholastic Demands – a driven achiever (or driven by parents!) often feels overwhelmed by class schedules, homework, tests, papers, presentations, labs, PE requirements, etc. Prioritizing study time, completing assignments, and other academic deadlines add to the stress load.
- Related Issues – other student stressors are financial, relationship, drugs/drinking, housing, roommates, parental conflict, etc.
Beyond Campus Survival
Although challenging, hopefully transformative and sometimes very difficult, education is not meant to be torture. There are proven, helpful strategies that will be successful ways in stress management for students. Some are:
- Be realistic and prioritize time, energy and resources as wisely as possible.
- Get support and find campus student counseling and planning resources to assist with the above.
- Exercise and get sufficient sleep; limit stimulants, such as caffeine or cigarettes and avoid drug use or excessive drinking.
- Learn effective study methods as well as classroom strategies to get maximum results from classtime.
- Try to allow yourself some degree of extracurricular activity, whether social, physical or cerebral.
- Practice healthy habits, such as good diet, napping, yoga/meditation, laughter, being a friend or helping a fellow student.
- If you experience stress often, keep a “stress diary” and scrutinize recurring sources of stress and target solutions to them.
- Above all, keep your emotions on a positive level-if you become seriously anxious or depressed, TALK TO SOME ONE about what you’re thinking and feeling-it will help you to solve even a seemingly insoluble dilemma.
Our younger years spent in school (or adult education) should be personally enriching and a time of growth, gain, achievement, and some happiness. Becoming skilled at student stress management during this period of our lives will leave us more fulfilled and self-realized and make us better as friends, partners, and parents to future generations.