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The Burden of School Stress


School is Stressful
Stressed School Student

Don’t Take Student Stress lightly.


Whether you’re a middle/high school student struggling with grades or taking A.P. classes with very little personal time, to the shock of going to college and feeling overwhelmed, or just trying to fit in, student stress is no joke. This stress has worsened with the introduction of social media, where our young people’s self-esteem is challenged daily. The breakdown of the family unit further intensifies this problem—a topic not for this blog, but I encourage everyone to research the subject.

 

Unless we recognize where we are, we won’t know that we must take action, let alone provide solutions. So, we will illuminate as many facets of student stress as possible so that our students, parents, and guardians can identify the symptoms before they morph into disastrous outcomes.

 

Before we go into symptoms and solutions, let’s hit you with some devastating statistics:


·        An American Psychological Association survey found that teens' daily stress levels averaged 5.8 out of 10, with school being the most common source of stress.

·        45% of U.S. high school students feel stress daily.

·        61% of teenagers between 13-17 years old feel stress over producing adequate grades.

·        70% of teenagers between 13-17 named anxiety (something beyond normal stress) or depression as a major issue.

·        The APA’s Stress in America survey found that 30% of teens reported feeling sad or depressed because of stress, and 31 percent felt overwhelmed. Another 35 percent of teens reported that stress caused them to lie awake at night.

·        Edison Media Research conducted a survey in 2008 on college student stress at many schools throughout the United States. The survey found that 4 out of 10 college students feel stressed often. One out of five say they feel stressed most of the time. One out of four students report experiencing daily stress, and 9 percent report thoughts of suicide.

·        40% of college students in the U.S. admit to feeling inadequately rested five out of seven days a week.


·        U.S. students who sleep six or fewer hours a night have a lower Grade Point Average (GPA) than those who get eight or more.

 

What’s the bottom line? School is a manufacturing plant for stress. It always has been and will always be, and it won’t change. The dynamics of school stress are too strong and too aligned to avoid. With the introduction of social media, there is even more negative synergy. From the statistics above, we also know that unless we acknowledge and do something about it, stress burrows in and causes physical, emotional, and psychological problems.

 

·          Headaches

·          Moodiness

·          Inability to concentrate

·          Sleeping disorders

·          Substance abuse

·          High-risk behaviors

·          Anxiety

·          Depression

·          Suicide

 

In addition, chronic stress has plenty of physical consequences, which you can find in our blog, The Wild Wide World of Stress, and that anyone can suffer from. So, we can continue to do nothing and see the trend spiral out of control or take action. I prefer the latter. Here are some things that everyone can and should do.

 

·          Exercise directly counteracts cortisol (a stress hormone).

·          Drink adequate amounts of water. Even a little dehydration can stress your body and make it less efficient.

·          Eat a diet of healthy whole foods. Diet is critical for wellness and directly contributes to proper hormone production.

·          Limit screen time. Constant exposure to blue light from our monitors and smart devices changes our circadian rhythms and brain waves.

·          ‘Touch grass.’ Being outside, especially in the sun and around nature or the beach, seems to awaken something primal that helps relax us.

·          Deep breathing can reduce oxidative stress levels, reducing your blood pressure and pulse.

·          Prayer and meditation allow us to change our focus away from what is bothering us and to stabilize our mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

·          Stop and smell the roses. Give yourself time to be unburdened by outcomes. Smile, and have fun. Stress is like a snowball; once it gets rolling, it gains momentum.

·          Vagus nerve stimulation (you knew it was coming). You must have a healthy and functioning vagus nerve to manage stress, sleep, and focus—physicians call it good vagal tone. Without a properly functioning vagus nerve system, your body won’t know to place itself in a parasympathetic state (the opposite of fight or flight).

 

The solutions above are valuable tools to create and maintain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. However, not all of them are convenient all the time. Somulis was designed for this always-on world, ready for Anyone, Anywhere, and at Anytime. If you’re looking for something effective, safe, natural, affordable, and convenient to manage your stress, sleep, and focus, try Somulis.


Stop Stressing-Start Living!

 

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