Study stressing you or your loved one out? You’re not alone. Many young people experience high levels of stress and anxiety during their final years of high school. It’s perfectly natural for you to want to do as well as you can or for your child to do as well as they can. The pressure of assessments, exams, ATARs and choices for the future can feel overwhelming. With HSC time around the corner, we would like to remind you that there are simple, practical things that you can put into place to feel more in control and minimise the stress that can come with this difficult exam period. Here are some ways to stay well, manage stress and get into the driving seat for your HSC year:
Gaining control: Establishing structure and balance with study
- Break it down; if a task seems too overwhelming break it down into smaller steps. It is easier to motivate yourself to complete those smaller and more achievable sections.
- Create a schedule, using apps or a diary. Scheduling in not only time for study but time for fun as well! Remember spending time with friends and loved ones will help to reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
- Be specific with your goals in the schedule, ensure they are “smart” S = specific, M = measureable, A = achievable, R = realistic, T = timed (e.g. Monday 3 pm – 4 pm Maths study completing 10 equations from syllabus workbook)
- Start small; often starting a task can be the most difficult part, sell it to yourself by completing it for a short time period that seems manageable e.g. 10 minutes. (Once 10 minutes has past you may feel motivated to do another 10 minutes.)
- Prioritise: When scheduling, prioritise tasks in order, create a ‘To do list’ to help organise tasks from those most important to complete first and those that can be completed later.