Imagine this, it’s the end of the semester, and it’s crunch time. Finals are coming up, and you need to study. As you realize it’s going to be pretty hard to memorize all of the information that you need to before the test with cello lessons, track practice, and babysitting the demons called "children" for your neighbors, it looks like the only option is going to be staying up until two in the morning staring at calculus equations to get the job done.
School related stress is by far the hardest thing that anyone is going to face as a student. Whether it’s related to time management or extra curricular activities, according (nbcnews.com) most kids rate their own stress levels higher because of school than adults because of work. And when surveyed 1 in 10 parents notice their kids are stressed out, but don’t talk to their kids about what is bothering them. This is a huge issue because stress levels like this are not only unpleasant, but anxiety levels this high can make permanent, negative changes to the brain.
Certain levels of stress are proven to be good for you, but the goals should be to reduce the amount of chronic anxiety experienced by students.
Too much stress can do real, physical damage to the brain. According to (psychologytoday.com) “acute, prolonged chronic stress wreaks havoc. “You’re creating a brain that’s either resilient or very vulnerable to mental disease, based on the patterning of white matter you get early in life,” said Kaufer.” in addition to this the article states “people who are exposed to chronic stress early in life are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in life, as well as learning difficulties.” So, learning disabilities, and chronic anxiety should be avoided at all costs, but are unavoidable in a lot of people’s lives which needs to change. In addition to this, in this article it talks about “good” stress, like training hard for a game and “bad” stress like constantly being afraid of getting bad grades. The distinction should be made when talking about these kinds of issues
Some things that a student could do to reduce stress include exercise, playing music, tai chi, and yoga The long term effects of stress need to be taken into account when doing things like making curriculum, and how the material is taught is also of vital when thinking about trying to avoid anxiety ridden students. So remember, too much freak out= bad. Staying busy= good