Work and school stress are common, and it’s easy to think that constant pressure is normal. The truth is, stress can have a serious impact on your mental and physical health.
Stress is different to pressure though. We all face lots of pressures in life, and many (although not all) of them are unavoidable. Pressure can be caused by an upcoming exam or coursework deadline, a job interview, a presentation, or when we have to do something we don’t like, like taking an airplane journey if we don’t like flying.
Moderate amounts of pressure can spur us on to success. But when the pressure gets too much for us to deal with, we start to feel stressed. You might feel panicky, unable to concentrate, lose your motivation and not want to get out of bed, or experience any number of other symptoms.
The Fist Step in dealing with Stress
The first step in dealing with school stress is to work out what’s causing it. This is easy if it’s caused by a one-off event like an exam or an interview, but it’s sometimes harder to put your finger on the exact cause, particularly as stress is often prompted by more than one thing. When we’re experiencing stress in one area of our life, it can make other, more minor pressures harder to deal with.
However, you’ll probably have a general sense of what it’s down to, such as “too much work” or “an unrealistic deadline”, and this is good enough to begin tackling it. By far the best thing to do is to talk to someone who can help you take control – your teacher or your boss.
Feelings of stress are your body’s way of telling you something needs to change. Things aren’t going to get better by ignoring your body. If you don’t talk to your boss, they won’t know you’re feeling overworked, which means they can’t help you. There will almost certainly be a simple solution – such as reassuring you that you’re working at an acceptable pace, offering you training, or sharing work out more evenly.
It’s easier said than done, but having some basic techniques at your disposal can help you avoid many of the stressful situations that a lot of people experience: Don’t leave things to the last minute. Don’t say “yes” whenever you’re asked to take on a new piece of work. Take steps to motivate yourself and avoid procrastination. Learn to plan ahead and prioritise.
Source: KK Publishers