As the month of October begins, we get closer to the end of the semester. For many, it’s when you load up on your caffeinated drink of choice and go. It’s the beginning of your journey to try to save your grades. It’s the time student stress out the most and the teachers put the most pressure on you. But, what if I told you that you’re not just a number.
When we begin our schooling, we’re expected to do the absolute best, it’s something to strive for. I remember stressing out in middle school on homework. We’re told our future relies on doing our very best all the time and then get into the best colleges to get the best job to make the most money to then live the best life possible. It’s so competitive that we also have to do as many extracurricular activities and volunteer work as possible to stand out among those who also get good grades. After a full day, you’re exhausted from school and activities. Something is clearly wrong if the number of children treated for depression (between the ages of 7 to 17) have doubled.
It’s important to always study and do your best in school, but to not overwork yourself. You have to think of your health as you won’t be able to do anything if you keep pushing it. That one test grade isn’t going to ruin your chances of getting into a school. I don’t think the person who overlooks your file is going to be upset because you didn’t do one or two of those activities either. It may take time to remind yourself of this, but you have to. No matter what age or level of school you're at.
With that, here are a few tips on surviving school, no matter where you are in your academic career:Get a planner: I can’t stress enough how those actually help. Keep track of homework, activities and even how much sleep you get/how much water you drink/how many meals. Even keep track of what triggers your anxiety and depression. It helps as a reminder to actually do the necessary things that you need to.
Practice coping mechanisms: I know you may be thinking, “those breathing and counting to 10 things don’t work,” but they actually do. I used to think the same thing, but they actually do. You have to focus on your breathing and counting in order for it to work. Maybe that involves being by yourself for a few minutes or so, but if that’s what it takes.
Laugh a little: It sounds so twisted possibly, like how am I expected to laugh when I’m stressing? You’d be surprised at how helpful it is.
Talk it out: Don’t be afraid to go to a friend, parent, teacher, mentor, counselor, the Internet, whoever. There are people that care and want to make sure you do your very best.