“No Timmy, I don’t care that you are feeling sad today. You are going to take that test today, and you have to do well on it.” It’s no surprise that with the increased competition that high school and college students are facing today, they seem to pay very little attention to what goes on inside of their heads. Even if they have a small feeling that they are going through something stressful or rigorous, they put it aside and go back to studying.
Around fifty years ago, getting into a good school was not considered “stressful,” as students just gave their best. Now, we are witnessing teenagers across the world stressing themselves out with multiple advanced classes, internships, club leadership positions, volunteering, a sport, and an instrument. An article from NYU writes that “Extreme levels of stress can hinder work effectiveness and lead to poor academic performance and attrition.” We even see parents disregard their children’s feelings, while just telling them to push on with their studies.
Many scientists and researchers suggest taking a break whenever you are feeling under the weather. They claim this to be the remedy and cure for such issues, nearly posing as the “Holy Grail” for mental health. Stopping temporarily from studying acts as a way of relieving some of the tension, so students could work with a fresh mind. The method listed, unfortunately, literally acts like a pause. The moment students get back to studying, the tension continues with no reset.
An excellent solution that isn’t emphasized enough is to get enough sleep. Sleeping acts as a way of recharging our batteries, so we can be ready for the next day. As more and more people stay up late to study for their classes, they cut back on their sleep, directly impacting their performance the next day. This method reduces stress as the students can feel energized and absorbent at their school day tomorrow, allowing for proper knowledge transfer. If students really cannot find time in their schedule for a proper amount of rest, then they can shift their studying to be in the morning after their sleeping schedule. Several studies have shown that the human mind absorbs much more information after they receive an ample amount of rest than otherwise. The American Psychological Association notes that “Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night.”
Although many deny it, mental health is turning into an extensive issue. Through the significant jump up in competition, students are finding themselves suffering between their feelings and studies. Such issues have been different several years ago, but new times call for new solutions. Receiving a substantial amount of rest and sleep is a solution that helps students feel ready for their next day at school. By energizing themselves, people can more easily grasp information that will help in their journey to combat stress. Sleeping can help everyone, but only if they acknowledge their mental health.
About the Author:
Nishanth Vemuri is a rising 12th grader at Irvington High School, located in Fremont, California. He spends his free time reading books, playing video games, and practicing the violin. He enjoys researching various science topics, which he hopes to use in the near future.