Today’s student may be more stressed than ever before. In fact, the 2015 American College Health Association, found that 85.6percent of student had felt overwhelmed in the past years. The pressures of getting top grades, balancing extra-curricular activities with studying and spending time with family all add up.

Significantly, life changes such as death in a family, moving to an unfamiliar location or a divorce are likely to cause high spikes in stress. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology shows daily stressors play just as significant a role in affecting overall mental health.

Belief in oneself is vital to minimizing the negative impact from stress. As outlined here, the administrators and educators an provide counselling centres, online resources and other services to help student cope with stress. Student who can better manage their stress are more engaged in class, more likely to absorb what they are learning, and more likely to excel beyond the classroom. Here are the significant ways excess stress can negatively affect student.

Stress decreases sleep quality

There is a link between stress levels and poor sleep. Poor sleep makes stress management more difficult, while also negatively impacting concentration, learning, listening, memory and problem solving.

Stress makes students angrier

Stress may be the culprit of students who are prone to bullying other. Stress increases feeling of irritability and anger, which increases the likehood for angry outburst and social withdrawal.

Stress worsens grades

When a student is stressed and preoccupied, it takes over their ability to focus during lectures or studying. Stress may even cause student to drop out of school or drop classes.

In conclusion, stress may pop up at any moment to disrupt student learning and concentration. It is vital for educators to recognize the significant impact stress has on teens and young adults, and work to create a supportive and calm educational environment. School administrators who want their student to succeed academically should conduct regular check ins with student and direct student to counselors. Also, mental health programs should be organized when necessary and educate families about the negative impact of stress on students.

Afunku Blessing Omotoyosi

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