Are you totally stressed out about your homework? Well, you are not alone: Nearly 9 out of 10 kids stress out about homework, according to responses from students, teachers, and parents from the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher. The study also said that more than one third of students feel that way almost all the time. That’s some major stress load going on…
The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to deal with it. Try these anxiety-relieving tips and tell us what you think about homework and stress.
- First of all, take deep breaths! Yes, it’s true—just breathing deeply can make all the difference. Deep breaths force your neurological system to relax and calm you—your body can’t help but react in a positive way because it’s programmed that way.
- Break it down into smaller tasks. Sometimes the amount of homework you have to do makes it seem impossible. But the reality is that each big assignment is made up of smaller steps and right now, all you have to focus on is the first one.
- Plan ahead whenever possible. Trying to fit 6 hours worth of homework into one night is only going to up your stress level—do things ahead of time whenever you can.
- Look at how you use your time. Let’s get real for a minute…texting friends doesn’t take long, but every little interruption takes up time. And with all that’s on your plate these days—soccer practice, piano lessons, afterschool job, eating dinner, taking out the trash, etc.—every second counts.
- Work with a friend. Whether in real life or online with someone at Tutor.com, having someone else studying with you and on your side can help lower homework anxiety.
- If you are over-the-top stressed out about homework, then talk to your teacher and/or guidance counselor about it. Letting them know you’re stressed helps them know how to help you succeed.