“Young people need practical tools to bring down elevated stress levels, especially going into exams.”
With busy schedules and “exam season” coming soon, it’s easy to slip into overwhelm, especially for young adults who haven’t learned how to manage their own emotional states.
Despite the busyness of the season, it’s the perfect time to develop the coping skills that will serve them for life.
According to new research, if academic stress isn’t reduced, it can:
- Lead to physical ailments (headaches, fatigue, and digestive issues, are the most common)
- Negatively impact the intake of new information
- Suppress retention of old information by affecting memory
- Make it difficult to retrieve information previously learned
- Hamper critical thinking
- Reduce productivity and the desire to revise
- Negatively impact mental health
- Cause others to withdraw encouragement and support for us
Working together, these factors impact overall academic performance, but, more importantly, they can affect the ability to experience self-acceptance and joy.