Signs of School Stress
“I hate school, and I’m not going back!”
Have you ever had that thought? Lots of kids do. Usually this feeling doesn’t last long. But what happens if you feel this way too much? School is a fact of life and getting an education can help you build the kind of future life you want. So let’s talk about school and what to do when you don’t like it.
When you worry about school, it can affect your body. A kid who feels stressed about school might have headaches or stomachaches.
Having trouble sleeping is also a sign of stress. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, you probably feel tired during the day. Feeling tired can make your school day seem even worse.
If you’re stressed out, you might have a hard time making decisions. In the morning, you can’t decide what to eat or what to pack for lunch. You don’t want to go to school, so you put off getting your stuff together. And now you’re not prepared to go to school, and you’ve just missed the bus – again! Staying home may seem like a good choice, but it just makes it harder to go to school the next day.
If you don’t like school, the first step is finding out why. You might not like school because a bully is bothering you, or because a kid you don’t like wants to hang around with you. Or maybe you don’t get along with your teacher. You might feel different or worry that you don’t have enough friends.
Sometimes it’s a problem with your classes and schoolwork. Maybe the work is too easy and you get bored. Or maybe the work is too hard, or you don’t feel as smart as the other kids. Reading may be difficult for you, but you’re expected to do a lot of it. You may be getting farther and farther behind, and it may seem like you’ll never catch up.
It’s a good idea to talk to someone about your problems with school. Your parents, relatives, teachers, or school counselors who will help you. It’s especially important to tell an adult if the problem is that you’re being bullied or someone hurts you physically.
Teachers want and expect you to ask for help learning stuff. If all of your subjects seem really hard, a school teacher can help you sort things out. Special help is available if you need it. Try not to let the problems go on too long. It’s easier to catch up on chapter one rather than the whole book!