School stress

Stress is something that impacts everyone in different ways. School stress is common in students, due to work load.
stressed boy with books

What is school stress?

Stress is a big issue that effects most people daily. Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. School stress is the pressure of too much work and little time to relax. Impacts of stress on you include:

  • Tiredness
  • Mental upset
  • Negative thoughts

Take action: Negative thoughts create anxiety and depression. They also make some people feel angry. Find out more about stress from the NHS.

What causes school stress?

There are many causes to school stress so it's very important for teachers to recognise them before the student’s health gets worse. You and your friends should also be aware of the causes:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much work or homework
  • Different routine
  • No support
  • No time to relax
  • Having learning disabilities

Most students disagree with teachers putting a lot of pressure on them as this causes them to panic. This causes some students to not choose further education in their lives. Stress at school is also increased as students feel that they have too much homework, but little time to complete it, and learn new content in school.

Take action: It’s important to recognise  stress due to school before it gets worse and turns into anxiety or panic attacks. If you think that you are stressed because of school, inform your teachers and parents, or school health nurse.

This video helps you understand stress from different people's points of view and what causes it for them. Students discuss their future plans and how much pressure they have from people around them.

How do you manage school stress?

School stress is very difficult to cope with, but there are many useful ways to manage it:

  • Getting enough sleep so your brain is ready to take in new information and it feels aware of what’s going on.
  • Making or having time to relax so you and your brain can forget about everything. This will make you have a better mood and make you feel more happier mentally.
  • Socialising with people around you will also make you feel more positive.
  • Participating in activities

How you manage stress in school is different for everyone, but a helpful way that has helped me and my friends, is having a schedule that tells you what to do when. This ensures that we are not spending too much time studying and that we also have time to relax. This also helps us do our homework a little bit at a time and gives us time to focus on many subjects. We just need to stick to the schedule and just spend a maximum of 40 mins on each subject. We also take breaks throughout, so we feel relaxed.

Take action: If you still can’t get rid of the stress or if you still find it difficult to cope with, then tell your doctor or your parents to get help. Your school nurse will also be able to give useful advice.

How do activities help?

Activities are very helpful when it comes to stress, as they distract you from other things like school. Physical or other activities are equally as important as they keep your brain refreshed and reserved. Studies show that physical activities reduce anxiety by 47% and prevent stress. This can be done in many ways like in short breathing exercises or colouring, as it has been proved to being very therapeutic. There are more tips to help you:

  • Meditation or yoga to relax
  • Eating well to give you energy
  • Watching tv
  • Socialising with family/friends
  • Thinking positively
  • Setting goals

Take action: You can find a lot of activities at

Good stress vs bad stress

Stress comes in different forms. Stress can also have a positive impact on you. Good stress is when you look at stress in a different way.You still get stressed but it motivates you to try harder. This could have a good impact on a student as they could get better in their studies. However, bad stress is stressing too much about something, and not knowing what to do, which makes it worse.

Getting too stressed? Many schools take action if a student is stressed and help them with their studies. This could be by helping the student with the work a little bit at a time or also by getting advice from the school nurse.

 What should you do if you’re stressed because of school?

Studying and education is very significant in your life, so it’s  not recommended to leave it incomplete. However, school and exam stress are also quite bad for a student’s mental health so it's important to learn to cope with stress. There are many ways to reduce stress, and doctors and teachers are always there to help. There are also many useful websites to help understand school stress better.

By Work Experience Student Nimra Ahmed

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