Increasing stress among school children
Written by Aishwarya S. Shastri, Class X student, Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida, UP
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher
In today’s tech-savvy world, we often come across students talking about how stressed they are. Stress is defined as body’s reaction to a challenge. Stress cannot always be regarded as bad, in some aspects it helps a child to grow. The right stress can sharpen one’s mind and reflexes. Students having ‘Type A’ personality experience episodic acute stress. This stress occurs in a pattern and continuously pops up.
What leads to stress?
- Loads of home work, assignments, coaching classes, co-curricular activities, peer pressure and the need to get a perfect score in tests are some causes of stress.
- High expectations of parents and teachers can create pressure in a child’s mind. The fear of not being able to live up to everyone’s expectations causes anxiety and frustration.
- By increasing the amount of written work and decreasing creativity, we’re unfortunately manufacturing robots. The curiosity in a child is getting lesser and lesser. The young minds with wide smiles and cheerful hearts, playing games and enjoying themselves are seldom seen. Libraries are found empty because everything is available on the internet.
How to beat stress?
Nowadays, it is all about the capacity to store data in our minds. Our brain works even when we sleep so we need to do something to rest our brain.
- Ayurveda has some wondrously easy steps to rest the brain. Studies suggest silent meditation and day dreaming enhance the creativity of the brain.
- Eating healthy and staying hydrated reduces the chances of stress related issues among children.
- Distress read can also be relieved by reading a short story for 15 minutes.
Thinking about future, even the day after tomorrow can cause paranoia, but being prepared for everything and living wholly in the present is the key to happiness.
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