Mental Health Blog

Coping with Stress and Anxiety from Online School

As the school year continues, many students including myself find the new adjustments to the learning system is very challenging. School takes up a large chunk of students’ lives and the switch to online school can give rise to higher levels of stress and anxiety.

Increased screen time, lack of personal connection and a decreased amount of access to school resources are just a few examples of the new factors students are now faced with.

Time management has additionally proved to be an underlying issue of the stress and anxiety that arises from online school. It can be quite easy to slip into procrastination or overworking oneself.

When it comes to managing stress/anxiety levels and time management it is easier said than done.

So how do we approach this?

I have found the following methods beneficial:

1) Making a precise schedule for how much time per week/day you dedicate to school work and making sure to leave time for leisure activities or relaxation.

2) If your eyes are sore from the bluelight, practising eye relaxation techniques. Some people opt to purchase blue light glasses which can be beneficial for protecting your eyes.

3) Reaching out to teachers/professors to ask for extra assistance or concerns about your workload.

4) Finding the time to go outside and get some fresh air, staying inside all day can be difficult.
– Anything from a short walk with your dog to a hike can help.

5) Collaborating with classmates to help each other clarify concepts that are misunderstood.

6) Being aware of your limit for how much time you can commit to studies before taking a break.
– Personally, I find that studying for 1 hour then taking a 10 minute break works best for me.

7) Doing online homework in different environments.
– I enjoy taking my laptop out to the backyard or another room to change up the learning atmosphere

Being as each individual is unique, finding what is beneficial for you is crucial. Even if it’s just one or two methods, try making a list to begin working towards reducing your stress and anxiety. It is a learning process to understand the ways in which we best function in new conditions so don’t lose hope, but rather be patient with yourself and remain respectful of your mental needs.

Note: The Free Your Mind Mental Health Society is an independent youth-led organization. The contents of this blog are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. In the event of a medical emergency, please call your doctor or 911 or other local emergency numbers immediately.