Lessons from Learning Support

Friday 21st June 2019

As we approach the end of the term, especially in winter, we can all feel the stress levels increase. In this post, I offer you a few tips to keep moving in a positive direction, despite the cold!


It's the busy end of term.
It's the busy end of term.

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP

Not getting enough sleep impairs academic performance and makes it harder to get through the day.

Research shows the 7 out of 10 high schoolers do not get enough sleep. — Donna Smith

THINK POSITIVE

Research has shown that positive thinking may improve physical well-being, produce lower feelings of depression and produce lower levels of distress. The power of positive thinking is well documented and is a technique utilised by all our favourite elite athletes.

If you don't think it, you can't be it. — Donna Smith

HAVE A STRESS “OUTLET"

This could be a social activity like going out or participating in sports or spending time with family. 

Scientifically, exercise creates endorphins that help us to feel good and decrease our stress levels. — Donna Smith

ENGAGE IN RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

This can include things like slowly counting to ten, meditation, thinking positive thoughts, visualization or playing with a stress ball.

One of the easiest ways to relax is to use breath. — Donna Smith

TALK TO SOMEONE

Sometimes just talking about what’s stressful or having someone listen to your problems can drastically reduce stress. There are many outlets here at school for this, including any of your teachers, your Dean, Rev Kelk or Mr Sheilds. Remember, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and clarity.

Year Level Deans  — Donna Smith