Less Stress, More Success

Wednesday 07 November 2018

What is stress?

It is common to feel stressed in our day to day tasks, at school and during the lead up to examinations. Stress is a natural reaction to added pressure and excessive demands you may come across in life. Feeling this way can make you feel overwhelmed or run down. It is therefore important that you do as much as you can to reduce your stress levels.

What can I do to help reduce my level of stress?

There are a few simple steps you can implement to help reduce any stress related anxiety or nervousness. We have complied a few bullet points for you to refer to. See if you can implement them?

  • Eat and drink well. Healthy food will give you the nutrition you need to boost your energy levels and reduce stress. For example, bananas release energy slowly and so give you a constant source of nutrition. Fish, nuts, oatmeal, leafy vegetables, chicken and even dark chocolate (in moderation!) can all help alongside a balanced diet. Avoid high fat, sugar and caffeine food and drink.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Ensure you sleep and wake up on time to make the most of your day, especially when it comes to school work. If you’re alert and ready for school, then you’ll be more productive at school!
  • Exercise and walk. Exercise can help boost your energy levels and relieve any anxiety. It can help clear the mind and help you think more clearly. Fresh air can work wonders!
  • A tidy room/desk/space means a tidy mind. Keep your personal areas as tidy as possible – it will help you stay motivated and organised, especially when you’re working and completing homework.
  • Distractions and online pressures. Minimise your use of technology and social media, it can be a huge distraction and can make studying more difficult! Try it. You may be pleasantly surprised…
Useful links and websites

Below are a few websites and links to useful information if you want to find out more about stress, anxiety and mental wellbeing. At Ark Boulton Academy all staff are here to help you. Visit your SSL, the school nurse or the school counsellor should you need to talk to anyone for expert advice.

Young Minds

Top Tips to Reduce Stress during Exams

Videos on mental health and physical wellbeing