Excited to go back to the old normal? Walking down school hallways, same faces, same teachers, same canteen and same academic stress? Not this time!
The possibility of going back to school after an almost 2-year long hiatus sounds thrilling for teens. But with it comes several more complications from study pressure and scoring good grades to making friends and socializing. That’s exactly why learning stress management for teens is extremely important. We’ve compiled a list of 8 self-care ideas or tips to help teens cope better with academic stress.
1) Create a routine
Waking up in the morning, knowing exactly what lies ahead is a rather satisfying feeling. Working up a routine and altering it to your ever-changing life is a great way to stay centered and keep up with deadlines. It helps give you a vision of your day and allows you to be more productive. But what should you accommodate into your daily routine? Keep reading for some must-haves!
2) Remember to exercise & eat healthy
Believe it or not, your physical health has a major impact on how you tackle and cope with stressful situations. Setting aside time for a workout or any other form of physical activity helps reset your body and mind. Additionally, wholesome and healthy food gives you the energy to push through the day! But yes, junk food cheat days are still always a great idea!
3) Have a good sleep schedule
Research suggests that teenagers need a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. With early morning school schedules, never-ending study days and extracurricular activities, it’s crucial to enforce a stress-free sleep schedule into your routine. Bonus tip: Keep your workspace and your bed separate so that the place you sleep is always a calm, happy zone.
4) Take lots of breaks
Adults don’t say this often but yes, you should take your breaks often but remember to keep your study time as productive as possible. That means that when it’s time to go in your zone, you do it without distractions and when you’re tired, you take a well-deserved break, guilt-free!
5) Make time for hobbies
You’ve heard it a million times and it’s true: all work and no play do make <insert your name here> a dull teen. While you’re studying and focusing on grades, make sure you’re also giving yourself the time to indulge in hobbies. Enroll in dance classes, rent a sports ground with your friends on weekends, learn a new language — do the things that truly make you happy.
6) Have open & honest conversations
No matter how much you want to resist it, you’ve got to get yourself to have those hard conversations with your parents, caretakers or close friends. Be honest about how you’re feeling and ask for help when you need it. There’s no shame and it’s never too early or late. Listen to your body and mind and take care of it too.
7) Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to start your day. It has helped many teens by reducing stress, lowering heart rates and improving their sleep cycles. The best part about practicing this form of meditation is that it can be done in a matter of 5 mins or 50 and even on the go. It’s up to you!
8) Be your own cheerleader
There really is no better cheerleader in the world than yourself. No one knows you better or understands you better than, well, you. So always, always remember: you’ve found yourself a cheerleader (sing it if you have to) so give yourself that pep talk, tell yourself you’re the boss and go crush your goals for the day!
We know it — going back to school can be slightly intimidating. Study pressure is tremendous. That’s why managing stress for students is crucial. By following these simple, easy tips, you’ll be better prepared to take on any challenges that school life may throw at you. Say it to yourself: I’ve got this!
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