‘Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.’ – Confucius
But how can that hold when we take on too much pressure? How can it be when the thought of picking up a book causes intense anxiety? In most cases, mental health disorders emerge at a young age. Half of all mental illnesses occur by the age of fourteen, three-fourth by twenty-five. This generally is the same period during which most people are in the middle of their education. Students tend to overburden themselves with schoolwork, leading to some serious mental health problems.
Learning Pressures Amidst the Pandemic
This situation has only been exacerbated amidst the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a lot of uncertainty and feelings of alienation amongst students. The fear of the unknown coupled with the ever-present academic stress is a sure shot recipe for poor mental health. That is what makes it important to check up on your loved ones. Treat your peers with kindness; you never know what they might be going through.
The Juxtaposition between Academic Pressure and Mental Wellbeing
The effect of academic stress on one’s mental health is a topic that has already been well researched. Countless studies point out how academic stress leads to the deterioration of wellbeing and increased chances of developing anxiety or depression. Furthermore, students with academic stress tend to not live up to their full potential academically. This shows how stress can actually be an inhibitor of good performance. Research also suggests how less academic pressure can lead to the betterment of one’s mental wellbeing.
Education is one of the strongest predictors of life outcomes such as employment, income, social status, attitudes and wellbeing. But the effect of education is evident on one’s mental health and vice versa. Taking on too much educational pressure at an early age can lead to various disorders such as depression and anxiety. These disorders are inhibitors of efficiency and productivity and lead to poor academic performance. Therefore, one mustn’t lose sight of their mental and physical well-being while earning an education. So, reach out when you’re struggling– you’re not alone. Help is available.
– By Dishita Jallan
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