No one ever said being a student was easy. Students have to balance the stress of school alongside work, family, friends and everyday chores. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help maximize your child’s time and minimize their stress.
1. Make a schedule. Whether or not your student is someone who benefits from being super organized, everyone needs to write their responsibilities down. There is nothing more stressful than not leaving enough time to complete an important task or forgetting it outright.
2. Ask for help. No one can do everything by themselves. Mentors can provide both emotional and practical support. Beautiful World Canada believes support is necessary for success, so they include a mentorship program in the comprehensive scholarships they provide to girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Look at local programs in your area or your child’s school to find a mentor here.
3. Don’t forget to exercise. After a busy day at school, going to the gym can feel like the worst thing in the world. But exercise is shown to reduce stress and help with sleep — things that are necessary for hard working students. Exercise is also important later in life, so it’s good to get into the habit now.
4. Stay connected to the rest of the world. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there is a world outside school. Encourage your student to stay updated on current events and consider giving back as a way to stay grounded. Learn more at www.beautifulworldcanada.org.