5 Tips to Avoid Stress in School

School is back in session. Whether you are attending remotely or in person, we hope you are safe and healthy. Attending classes can be quite stressful and being in a pandemic doesn’t make things easier. If you’re looking to get good grades while keeping your sanity, then we’ve got you covered.

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1. Make a To-Do List

Highlight important due dates and deadlines your planner or calendar. Next, make a to-do list for the upcoming week and make a note of when each assignment is due. The list may seem overwhelming, but there’s no rush to get everything done at once. Break up the assignments, do a little each day. It’s better than leaving everything for the last minute and stressing out about everything. To-Do Lists are a great way to track your productivity and can even help you feel good about yourself once you see how much you get done!

2. Get Rid of Distractions!

I know going to school from home is anything but distraction-free. While you can’t control intrusive pets or family members, try to get rid of the distractions that you can control, like your phone and social media. I know it sounds impossible, but try leaving your phone in another room while you’re in class or doing homework. Avoid using your laptop for these distractions too! Remember, your messages and apps won’t be going anywhere. They’ll be right there waiting for you when you’re ready to return. Give your full attention to your school work and trust me you’ll thank yourself in the long run.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep can improve your mood and make you feel energized. However, if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t have the energy or motivation to get things done since you you feel so tired and sluggish. Give yourself a bedtime to make sure you get the designated 7-8 hours of sleep. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Don’t wake up at 8 am one day and then at 12 pm the next. Waking up the same time every day helps your body keep a natural routine. Waking up early regardless if you have a class or not is also beneficial because it gives you more time to do any assignments that are piling up. Ever heard of “the early bird gets the worm?”

4. Reward Yourself

Try giving yourself small rewards or incentives for completing your work. For example, after studying for 60 minutes, you can reward yourself by watching an episode of the latest show you’re binging.  Having these rewards to look forward to gives you the motivation to get your tedious schoolwork done. It also gives you something to look forward to in the future, so you don’t feel like all your efforts are futile. Plus, aren’t we always looking for good reasons to treat ourselves?!

5. Talk to Someone

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Even if you’re doing everything you need to do to stay on track it’s still normal to feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety! You are not the only one feeling like this, and again, being in a pandemic doesn’t make it easier.  Try talking to someone trustworthy or seek aid from a professional. Simply talking about things and expressing them to someone can help you feel better. Getting help and talking to someone can help you manage your thoughts and emotions which can help you be on a better track to succeeding in school.

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School in general is very stressful. Having to balance schoolwork with family, work, and a global pandemic is no easy task. If you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s okay, it’s quite normal. I’m sure we’ve all felt that way since life as we knew it changed. Just remember, you’re trying your best to cope with everything around you and you’re only human. Here’s to a new semester and a new school year!

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