5 foolproof tips to help you feel calmer in the classroom.
We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in class, dreading the geometry test you’re about to take, when your heart starts racing and you can’t catch your breath. It may feel like the end of the world, but here’s the good news: it’s not. It’s just a good ‘ol case of anxiety. And for high school and college students, the threat of stress is even more present than ever. In fact, 25% of 13-18 year olds suffer from an anxiety disorder at any given time. But just because you’re saddled with stress doesn’t mean you have to be overcome by it. Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Integrative Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, created clinics in Boston-area high schools where she tested mind and body techniques on high school students who suffer from anxiety and stress conditions.
“As a physician, I really wanted to look through this through the lens of modern science, and say, ‘okay, what of all these things can be truly helpful?'” says Dr. Milosavljevic. “Child and young adults are such a vulnerable population because they’re starting to make certain health decisions on their own.”
The current generation of young people has the added stress of social media, which inundates them with information 24/7, says Dr. Milosavljevic.
“What they do have to deal with which maybe wasn’t as apparent 20 years ago. [Social media] can be wonderful thing, but with teens, they not only have the regular pressure of school and finding their way in the world, they never have a chance to decompress,” says Dr. Milosavljevic.
In her school clinics, Dr. Milosavljevic utilizes these five holistic practices that are based on each of our senses, which send signals to the brain and send out a response. The next time you’re feeling anxiety coming on, try one of them out.