Defeating the Stress of School: 5 Easy Tips

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As high school students, we are all well versed in the struggles we encounter balancing stress, school, and social lives. Often times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you need to do, especially under a high pressure academic setting. Here are five easy and simple tips to increase your success under such environments and help alleviate stress!

Define your relationship with your phone // Manage your time with your phone. Social media is an important part of any teenager’s life, but it’s also important to shut it off at times! For people who struggle with productivity and prefer to have their phone nearby, apps like Tide and Forest are good ways to keep you away from texting and social media. Another strategy is simply to put your phone out of sight, following the old adage “out of sight, out of mind.” Of course, you should take every tip with a grain of salt; oftentimes, people enjoy listening to music on their phones when studying. In that case, listening to catchy hip hop is not necessarily conducive towards strong focus. Instead, try one of Spotify’s productivity playlists such as Focus Flow.

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Create a to-do list // To-do lists are always a good way to stay on task: throughout high school, it’s always a good idea to maintain an agenda, but more than that, you should actively plan, rather than passively planning. What does this mean? Break down the tasks you have to do into smaller and simpler pieces that make them more approachable. For example, if you have to study for an upcoming Calculus test, writing “study for Calc” can be a daunting start from which you have no idea how to progress. Instead, create to-dos that have meta-level steps such as “Do Calc textbook problems” and “Watch limit videos on Youtube.” This makes tasks all the more approachable!

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Give yourself some down time // Along with every spurt of productivity comes with the need to reward yourself! Whether that is a relaxing bubble bath or an episode of your favorite TV show, everybody needs time to recharge your batteries. According to scientists, there is such thing as overworking yourself--and there are terminal repercussions! A study from Harvard revealed that overworked people are more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. So at the end of the night, be sure to kick back, relax, and reward yourself for hard work!

Ask questions // This one seems like the most simple tip, when in reality, it is incredibly difficult for many people. Scientific research confirms that asking questions can elevate other people’s opinions of you and create the perception that you are controlling the situation. It also just reflects positively by showing you are attentive and engaged in the content you are learning! In high school, if you’re looking to go to college, you will need to be curating the favour of one or two teachers for recommendations and you’re definitely more likely to stand out in teachers’ minds if you are inquisitive and ask questions. Whether it be about out of school topics related to the content you’re learning or just simple clarification questions, don’t be afraid to ask them!

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Find your study space // It’s incredibly difficult to tell people where they work best; you just have to try multiple environments and decide which one suits you best! Whether it in the low susurrus of a coffee shop with elevator music playing and the rich aroma of coffee beans or in a well-lit, dead-silent library with headphones in, it takes time to find the perfect environment to study in. The trick: put yourself into new scenarios and be adventurous in the ways and places you study. Take trips to local cafes or libraries or outdoor settings to find that perfect study space. The results in productivity and focus will be incredible when you do!

What are your favorite study tips? Let us know in the comments below or via social media @theundeniablelife!