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Online School and Anxiety - 4 Tips to Better Manage Stress

09 May

Online School and Anxiety - 4 Tips to Better Manage Stress

Posted By: 
Kimberly White
Stress can affect the best of people and even the most successful of students. Between test scores, grades, college admissions and career goals, students are often overwhelmed with the pressure of succeeding. However, with the freedom of a personalized education system, a few tools and the knowledge that stress is manageable, students can easily get on track and alleviate their worries.
 
Stress can affect the best of people and even the most successful of students. Between test scores, grades, college admissions and career goals, students are often overwhelmed with the pressure of succeeding. However, with the freedom of a personalized education system, a few tools and the knowledge that stress is manageable, students can easily get on track and alleviate their worries.
 
It is important for a student to learn to recognize the symptoms and also causes of their stress. Symptoms of stress look different for everyone and can affect mental, social and physical health. Some people have feelings of alarm, frustration, self-doubt or even apathy. Other symptoms include exhaustion, sleeplessness, headaches, crying and a lack of or increased appetite.
 
 
Learning how to manage stress alleviates these symptoms and empowers a student to maintain control of their bodies and emotions when stress occurs. By determining best practices for stress management, a student will feel empowered not only throughout the duration of his education but also into his future of professional, relational, and personal endeavors.
 
The tools for managing stress are numerous and it is important to learn which strategies are best for each individual. Below are just 4 ideas to help students manage their stress:
 
1. Leave behind the stressful situation.
One of the great things about self-paced studying is that a student has the ability to simply stop whatever school activity is causing them stress to later start again once their stress has subsided. There is no need to stay in the classroom and toil through lessons, instead the student can take a break and remove herself from whatever is causing her stress. By getting up from her chair, moving to another room or taking a walk outside, the student is physically removing herself from the situation and will now have time and space to think positively and control her symptoms of stress.
 
2. Prioritize and don’t sweat the small stuff
For some people, making lists of projects and tasks can help to prioritize and manage a stressful workload. By deciding which tasks can get done today and which ones can wait until tomorrow, a student can choose to focus on the work at hand without feeling the need to worry about the rest of the to-do list. Focus on the important things and try not to dwell on the smaller and less important tasks.
 
3. Work off the stress and have fun
One of the greatest ways to alleviate stress is to create times and places for fun. Physical activity and time outdoors helps create good endorphins that will take the place of stress in the body. Schedule time throughout the day and week for an activity that the student enjoys. Lunch breaks spent surfing at the beach, weekends of neighborhood walks, and mid-afternoon gardening sessions will give the student something to look forward to and a time to relax.
 
4. Do something for others
Stress will only increase if a person is solely thinking about themselves and focusing on their individual situation. By volunteering for a charity, helping a family member with a project or spending time within a club or social group, the student will be given an opportunity to get their minds off themselves. Doing nice things for others helps a student become confident about their abilities and empowered to continue improving themselves and their community. Students should also know that they are not alone in their stress and that their feelings are not abnormal. Personalized education coaches and instructors are always available to assist and guide students through their stress and into success.