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Taking care of mental health


STUDENTS have to cope with many things, including deadlines, exams and others.

Although some are full-time students, others juggle part-time studies with all kinds of demands while going for the paper chase.

Students of all ages also have to face stress and anxiety.

More than 50% of the students are scared, feel like there is no room to breathe and are filled with anxiety or uncertainty.

Students and teachers also go through psychological problems.

Mental health can affect our sense of wellbeing.

Stress and depression are severe psychological problems which affect our students and their wellbeing.

It can slow down academic performance and is true for all ages and types of students.

On my part as an educator, I always tell my students to know that they have access to learning and to cherish the chance given.

This perspective is vital as education is a privilege.

Education can transform and allow us to be better individuals; all one needs is to overcome the challenge in our own ways.

To lessen the stress factor, students are advised not to go for perfectionism. It is normal for motivated and conscientious students to go for excellence.

It is also known that the more one studies and learn, the more there is to explore. Just do your best, and should one fail to meet the requirements, just go back to basics.

Many of my students are anxious while a number feel guilty or shame if they are not on par with others.

Everyone is scared as the higher we go, the more likely there is doubt. It takes time to gain confidence.

Procrastination is another factor among students, and so is time management.

All one needs is to make every moment count.

The more organised we are the better our time management. Structure and routine matters.

This will ease our stress.

The pressures of college life is everywhere. Go meet one’s peers, lecturers and colleagues.

All institutions have health and counselling departments specifically devoted to offering confidential support.

There is power in having a safe place to share our stress and strategise. Be proactive.

Make use of the many resources available to help one enjoy optimal health, keep our anxiety in check and maximise our opportunities.

Doing so will not only help in the classroom and beyond, but also help to establish important habits for the long haul after one graduates.

Our accomplishments will be even sweeter when we are healthy enough to enjoy them.

AZIZI AHMAD

Kuala Lumpur

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