When Does Pressure Turn Into Stressed Out?
Is stress crucial for success, or does it amplify negative emotions for students who are trying to do well in school and give it their all? It depends on who you ask. First of all, stress is a reaction that triggers a human’s “fight-or-flight” response by releasing hormones like adrenaline. Some may say that stress is an essential part of staying encouraged to do as well as one can in order to be successful. However, some students, who inevitably experience a quantity of stress in relation to school, argue that some stress is important, but that the expectations of teens in school and pressure on how they preform makes stress levels far too high than what is healthy.
“A little stress is a good thing, it can motivate students to be organized. But too much stress can backfire,” Mary Alvorda, a clinical psychologist and public education coordinator for the American Psychological Association, said.
Stress is significant in how students can get work done. If there is an exam taking place in an upcoming week, one must be aware of the importance of that test and study in order to guarantee they are ready. Thus, the stress of potential failure sets in.
Excessive pressure can drive students to cope with their stress in various ways, some unhealthy, some healthy, and the pressure of academic success has recently been showing an opposite effect than what is wanted and expected of students.
“Colleges are complaining that kids are disengaged,” Marya Gwadz, a senior research scientist at the New York University College of Nursing, said. “They’re dropping out, taking a long time to graduate. It’s not developmentally appropriate for them to work so hard.”