As we head towards the end of the year, you may have noticed your teen or young adult feeling stressed about their studies. End of year exams are coming, final assignments are due, and they are feeling more pressure than ever to have their lives figured out. In this infographic by OnlineCollegeClasses.com, we learn about the real affect stress can have on our loved ones physical health, mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. 1 in 5 students have felt too stressed to study, and time has shown us that students are more stressed than they were three decades ago. Feelings of being overwhelmed have increased, and today only 52 per cent of freshmen say they have above average mental health.
With stress can come physical symptoms and a lower immunity. Your young person may develop rashes, experience insomnia, have headaches, develop ulcers and can even develop impotence from such high levels of stress. Stress can also have a detrimental effect on mental health, with 60% of students feeling sad and 50% feeling depressed. This in turn affects their quality of life, their studies and their wellbeing. So what can you do to help your young person through this stressful period?
Encourage them to talk about their feelings
Whether they meet with a friend for coffee, talk to a parent or see a counsellor, give them the space to vent and express their feelings. Encourage them to make time to relax and enjoy life.
Change up their routine
If sports or friendships have been put on hold for their study, encourage your young person to make time for these things again. These activities will help relieve stress and ultimately better their study experience when balanced with their work.
Encourage them to be healthy
Instead of staying up late studying (or partying), suggest your young person gets a good night sleep even if only for their exam season, so their mind is clearer. Fitting in exercise during study breaks and eating healthy will keep them alert and boost their physical and mental health.
Have a look at the infographic from OnlineCollegeClasses.com for more information on stress and how you can help your young person. Then tell us below, how do you help your young person manage their stress?
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