We are coming towards the end of an eight week term and it has resulted in many of you feeling overwhelmed and very tired. This is a difficult term, you are settling in to a new way of working and for many of you a completely new school. This week we looked at coping with stress in the year 13 assembly, please follow some of the tips that were suggested by reading below with links to relevant websites.
Remember the sixth form team always have someone on duty in the sixth form office should you have any worries, come and see us. We are there to help.
Go to sleep on time and get up on time. A day that starts in a rush is a stressed day from the start.
Students, with their packed schedules, are notorious for missing sleep. Unfortunately, operating in a sleep-deprived state puts you at a distinct disadvantage. You’re less productive, you may find it more difficult to learn, and you may even be a hazard behind the wheel! Learn more about the effects of sleep deprivation and the value of the power nap; for busy students, it’s a must!
You may not realise it, but your diet can either boost your brain power or sap you of mental energy! While a healthy diet isn’t generally thought of as a stress management technique or a study aid, it can actually function as both! Read more on the consequences of a poor diet, and learn how to relieve stress with a healthy diet. It takes virtually no extra time, and can keep you from experiencing diet-related mood swings, light-headedness and more.
It’s a fact that clutter causes stress, and can decrease productivity and even cost you money! Many students live in a cluttered place and even have cluttered study areas, and this can have negative effects on grades. One way to reduce the amount of stress that you experience as a student is to keep a minimalist, soothing study area that’s free of distractions and clutter. It’s worth the effort!
Prepare a Timetable
Make a timetable for revision now. Make sure you put in rest time as well as study time. There are good electronic versions for this. See www.getrevising.co.uk
How much time do you spend on social media? Try this app to see how much of your life you have wasted on Facebook http://techland.time.com
Can you cut down the amount of hours you work now before the exams or cut down on the things that you spend money on? Remember you can catch up after the summer or try babysitting, and then you can earn money and revise while the children are sleeping
When your body is experiencing a stress response, you’re often not thinking as clearly as you could be. A quick way to calm down is to practice breathing exercises. These can be done virtually anywhere to relieve stress in minutes, and are especially effective for reducing anxiety before or even during tests, as well as during other times when stress feels overwhelming. Learn more about how to practice breathing exercises.
Did you know that optimists actually experience better circumstances, in part, because their way of thinking helps to create better circumstances in their lives? It’s true! The habit ofoptimism and positive thinking can bring better health, better relationships, and, yes, better grades. Learn how to train your brain for more positive self-talk and a brighter future withaffirmations and other tools for optimism. (Don’t know if you’re an optimist or a pessimist? Take this quiz!)
If you need to talk about anything that is worrying you or causing stress, talk to a teacher you trust. That’s what we are here for.