Stress management

Challenging Self-Doubt

According to social scientists, a mindset based on self-doubt leads to two common coping mechanisms among children and young adults. The first is called “self-handicapping,” which is when students underperform as a way to shield themselves from the psychic consequence of working hard yet doing poorly. The other is “subjective overachievement,” which is taking heroic measures to guarantee a successful outcome, and attributing that success solely to effort. The overachieving variant of self-doubt is common…

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Meditating Before Starting Class

According to a new experimental study by George Mason University professor Robert Youmans and University of Illinois doctoral student Jared Ramsburg, meditating before class can lead to better grades. The pair of researchers conducted three classroom experiments at a California university to see if meditation might help students focus and better retain information in class. A random selection of students followed basic meditation instructions before a lecture, and the students who meditated before the lecture scored better…

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Exaggerated Thoughts That Can Cause Teens to Misperceive Reality

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is currently the premier evidence‐based psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety and depression in both adolescents and adults. CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, including exaggerated thoughts. It also teaches behavioral and emotional regulation according to the design of the cognitive triangle, as shown in the diagram below.  At the center of the cognitive triangle…

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Making Art Can Help Teens Understand Their Mental Health

The benefits of art in a child’s education are widespread. Art can help kids express themselves and understand the world around them, and it is usually a fun, hands-on experience. For low-income students, studies show that kids who have more arts education in school see long-term benefits by both academic and social standards. Additionally, art can help students with their mental health. Tori Wardrip, an art teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings,…

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How Schools Can Help Students Manage Anxiety

The anxious thoughts of students aren’t always just passing worries; they’re becoming deeply rooted, widespread mantras for young people across America. Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge that young people today face, and it’s the top reason why students seek mental health services in colleges across the country. In severe cases, anxiety is stopping teens from doing homework, reaching out to friends, leaving their homes, and even leading to depressive and suicidal thoughts.…

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Anxiety’s Toll On Teens, Families, And Schools

Anxiety is increasingly becoming a serious issue for American teens. A whopping 62% of incoming high school freshman surveyed by the American College Health Association said they had experienced overwhelming anxiety last year. While teens from many backgrounds experience anxiety, it’s often the more affluent families who find the problem most baffling. Adults aren’t surprised when teens from poor neighborhoods feel anxious about safety or home dynamics, but  it can be harder to understand what’s…

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Children and School Anxiety

Studies show that anxiety disorders among children are on the rise, and they are quickly becoming some of the most common child psychiatric conditions. As many as 10% of children suffer from them and require medical treatment. Experts believe that school anxiety in particular is becoming more prevalent among younger kids, including preschoolers, perhaps because of societal expectations and changes in standards of education. Our society expects more and more from children at increasingly younger ages,…

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7 Best Apps for Stress Management

It seems that school these days is more and more stressful for students of every age. These apps are a great help for stress management and dealing with anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping or relaxing–you name it! Check them out and you’re bound to find one that works for you. Rainy Mood. Many people find the sound of rain calming, and with Rainy Mood, you can listen to it on loop even when there’s not a…

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Dealing With Stress on the SAT and ACT

Dealing with stress on the SAT and ACT is something which can be very difficult. It is an important part of the college admission process and although some stress is a good thing, as it motivates you to do what is needed in order to succeed, stress can also become detrimental to your health and mental wellbeing. The following  tips can be used leading up to an exam, as well as the day of to…

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A Successful College Experience

As the end of the Fall semester approaches, students are preparing for final exams and cramming in their final assignments. On top of finals, many students may also be feeling like their first semester wasn’t as they hoped it would be, but this doesn’t mean college isn’t the right fit for them. If this sounds like you, read on.   Transferring to a different college may sound overwhelming but it could be the appropriate change…

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