Sometimes as adults, we mistakenly do not realize the stress our children are going through. We are so busy with our own lives and how many bills we have to pay that we don’t consider how stressful school and the atmosphere can be for students.
We must recognize stressful circumstances and help students overcome them. A startling statistic that should surprise many is that about one-third of all teenagers have some form of anxiety disorder. And this doesn’t just spring up overnight. After years of struggling, these students are getting diagnosed. This means they started developing anxiety well before their teenage years.
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, here are stressful situations students can experience during any ordinary day of school and a few solutions to help them through it.
Remember Jessie Spano, one of the characters on the show Saved By The Bell? Jessie would always stress out about grades and constantly anxious about whether she was performing well enough in her classes.
This doesn’t happen with the top students concerned about earning all A’s either. It also happens with the students struggling to pass but may still be doing their best work.
While educators would love for all of their students to score highly to help ease the anxiety students are feeling, it would be a great idea to express that it is not the end of the world if the students do not do so well on a particular assignment or test. Or even have some projects lined up that will not require a letter grade.
If there are students that really would love to improve upon their grades but need a bit of extra help to do so, iAchieve has professional tutors for students of every grade level and subject. Furthermore, it does not matter where you live. Your child can be tutored remotely online from their room.
The social scene is one aspect of school that probably delivers the most anxiety for students. Making friends and knowing who to trust can be difficult for adults, not kids.
With the addition of social media, anxiety can follow students every minute of the day if they are experiencing problems with other kids.
If you notice a student struggling socially, enrolling them into activities outside of school could be just what they need to hang out with like-minded individuals. If the child would enjoy signing up for karate, writing courses, art classes, or whatever, it is much easier to make friends when you have things in common. Plus, it opens up a whole other world to them instead of having their social scene limited to school.
We may not notice it, but our children often have just as busy schedules as we do. Most do not get home from school until about 4 pm each day, and that is if they don’t have practice after school for various sports or meetings for clubs they are a part of.
Let children have a few hours here and there throughout the week to destress and do things they have fun with.
Not having any money on hand when you are a teenager can be stressful. While friends are going out to the movies or for a bite to eat, if you don’t have two cents to rub together, you can feel left out and depressed.
To help students earn money, coach them on small jobs they can do around the neighborhood to make their own cash. This could involve babysitting, mowing the yard, raking leaves, or whatever tasks your neighbors may have for you to complete. Growing up in a family of eleven, we had no extra funds, so I can understand how these situations can bring a child down.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
It is not hard to fathom that students do not get enough sleep every night. Between homework and family commitments, bedtimes always seem to be flexible. Plus, getting engrossed in a specific show or movie is still possible with all streaming services. Before you know it, it could be past midnight, and the student will have to wake up in six hours.
To help the students get enough sleep, it is an excellent idea for educators to limit the amount of homework they have each night. In addition, parents can give their children the night off from household chores and let them relax.