Being in school, whether it be high school, college, or beyond, can be an exciting and exhilarating time. Receiving an education is unfortunately not a privilege that everyone has. Doing well in school can lead to a plethora of other great opportunities, and forges the way to a bright future. But what happens when classes becoming overwhelming? As great as school is, it can also become very stressful. Often times, the stress and pressures students endure are seen as an inevitability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways us students can help ourselves in preventing anxiety about school and prioritize our mental health, while still being rockstars in the classroom.
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Make a schedule
Keep track of upcoming school assignments by making a written list or schedule of when all of your assignments are due. This can alleviate some stress concerning projects and makes sure you don’t leave assignments undone until the last minute. You can find relatively cheap student planners at any dollar store or on Amazon, or you can opt for a slightly fancier academic planner from Erin Condren. I’ve also found free printables to use as assignment trackers and weekly planners helpful.
Get Your Rest
Don’t forget the importance of sleep! I have to give myself a cut off date- if it’s past 9:00 p.m. I have to put the books down. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t finished all of my homework, sleep is more important. Especially if you have early morning classes, try to get to bed at a reasonable hour. By getting your rest you have a better chance of functioning better mentally, not to mention keeping your focus in class!
Take Care of Your Physical Self
Physical health and mental health are often linked, so remember to also taking care of body! The Health & Fitness section of the Letters We Write website is great for tips on fun workouts, healthy eating, and more.
Balance Is Key
Give yourself a break. You can do anything, but not everything. Work hard, study hard. At the end of the day, all you can do is your best.
Overwhelmed is a word I hear used a lot, especially from students. Your education and your health should be your top two priorities. Taking time to go to a movie, hang out with friends, or simply unwind by yourself can help you detox and prevent your mind from being consumed by school.
You deserve to be able to relax, and sometimes juggling both classes and 4 or 5 extra curricular activities can become a challenge. If you find yourself with too many activities and classes to manage, you may consider dropping a club or other activity that is becoming hard to keep up with.
Give yourself a break. You can do anything, but not everything. Work hard, study hard. At the end of the day, all you can do is your best. A bad grade once in awhile is OK, and above all, you shouldn't compromise your health just to get an 100% on every test or project.
If you find yourself with depressive thoughts, need someone to talk to, or are considering suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
One of the goals of GIRLS and the Letters We Write Project is to provide girls with resources to to help them succeed in school and combat depression. To learn more please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adriana Chavez is a high school honors student living in New York City. Outside of the classroom she is a Girl Who Codes, and spends her time writing, volunteering, and participating in a plethora of other extra curriculars. In the past she has interned for Startup52, New York's only diversity focused startup. She now works as a Day of the Girl-US Action Team member helping girls across the country. Most recently, she has written, in collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama's college readiness campaign Better Make Room, to promote the text based financial aid tool Up Next. Learn more about Adriana on the Meet Our Blog Writers page.