Coping with school stress

School can be super exciting for some, and the main source of stress and worry for others. These strong feelings can happen whether you’re starting a new semester or even the Sunday night before your 8 AM.  Feeling worried or anxious is a very normal response to school and stress, whether you’re in college, highschool or university. 

Let’s pause and think of possible contributors of school stress? 

Possible reasons can include : 

  • Heavy academic content, and feelings of pressure to succeed
  • Social anxiety, peer pressure, fear of rejection or not fitting in
  • Change and uncertainty while transiting to a new year
  • Stress in our personal lives or family stress 

Now let’s talk about some effective strategies for managing and reducing stress. By developing healthy coping skills, seeking support from family and friends, and talking to a therapist if needed, students can successfully navigate our school experiences and achieve our goals. 

  1. Develop a routine

Having a set routine can help us feel more in control and less overwhelmed. We can start by making a schedule that includes time for studying, physical activity, relaxation, and socializing. Stick to the routine as much as possible, and make adjustments as needed. This will help you prioritize our time and reduce stress levels.

  1. Get organized

Organization is key to reducing stress. Keeping an agenda, to-do list, or calendar to track assignments, exams, and other responsibilities. Being able to visualize our tasks can lessen stress and aid with less procrastination.  

  1. Exercise regularly

Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and improve overall health. Its important to try to incorporate exercise into our routine, whether it’s a yoga class, a walk, or a gym session. Exercise helps release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters, and helps us feel more relaxed and at ease.

  1. Connect with others

Having strong social support is beneficial in managing stress. Connecting with the right friends, family, or a support group can help us feel heard and supported.  

  1. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation, can help us reduce stress and improve our  overall well-being. Try to set aside some time each day to practice these techniques and focus on the present moment. 

  1. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep! 

Sleep is essential for physical and mental health. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night and establish a consistent sleep schedule. This will help us feel more rested and less stressed during the day.

  1. Seek professional help

If the stress you’re enduring  becomes too much to handle, it would be good to seek professional help. A counselor or therapist can help you identify the root causes of your stress, develop coping strategies, and improve your overall mental health.

To conclude, the ethnicity or race of a potential therapist, can matter, depending on the person, but it is not the only factor that determines the effectiveness of therapy. 

Managing school stress is a process that requires a combination of self-care, organization, and support. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can reduce stress, improve your mental health, and achieve success in school.


Hello my name is Sarah! I am currently in my third year of of study. I am working towards my BAs in Psychology and a diploma in General Arts and Science. Psychology as a discipline has always intrigued me. Seeing how different factors of life influence our mind and body may teach us so much of ourselves, and those around us.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is meant for psychoeducational purposes only. Intended solely to provide you with information and is not meant to take the place of therapy.

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