FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR STRESS
- Worry over the fear of failure or low grades
- Anxiety or concern over tests and fear of not being able to pass college entrance exams
- Bullying fears based on either real or imagined bullies and negative experiences with others
- Fear of teachers and administrators
- Generalized anxiety
- Fear of being rejected by peers (not popular, etc.)
- Fear of failing in sports or extracurricular activities
- School violence
TIPS TO OVERCOMING SCHOOL STRESS
- Practicing relaxation and visualization exercises before a test-inducing activity, such as tests or projects
- Rethinking the way they think about their future: Considering other alternatives in the event, they do not perform high enough on tests to go to the college of their choice.
- Have more positive experiences. Many fears and anxieties are directly tied to their lack of positive experience in these areas. Kids can increase their confidence level in school by having more positive experiences. Encourage them to take part in those things they are most interested in and in which they are most likely to experience success. Over time, these past successes will increase their confidence in themselves and reduce stress levels related to performance anxiety.
- Better planning strategies: By planning studies, homework assignments, and having a plan for execution, kids feel more ready to take on whatever teachers give them to do, and they will tend to achieve higher on these assignments as a result.
- Know your resources. If kids know where to turn (school counselors, teachers, and other staff) who are willing to help when they encounter bullying or other issues, they are more likely to feel at peace and reduce their stress levels regarding these issues.