I’m struggling in school, it’s all too much

I’m struggling in school, it’s all too much.

Not doing as well as you expected in school can be really tough. You might be feeling a variety of feelings of disappointment, and confusion. I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Here are some suggestions that can help you manage the situation:
Talking to another person can be a great way to express your feelings and think about your options. If you’re feeling like you’re struggling specifically with grades; a teacher or professor might be able to help you brainstorm ideas to boost your grades, like extra credit or tutoring. If you’re feeling like you’re struggling in areas outside of academics, consider talking with a counselor – to talk you through the reasons you may be feeling like you’re struggling.To find a counselor, check with your:

  • Tribal Clinic
  • School, or University
  • Mental Health America has a zip code locator to help you find clinics near you with low-cost or sliding scale services. They also have a Crisis hotline you can call: 1-800-273-TALK.

If you want to talk to someone immediately, or ever feel like you’re in crisis, please text START to 741741

Manage Expectations. Itcan be helpful to re-think your own expectations to help you decide if they’re realistic and achievable. For more information, check out the Managing expectations fact sheet.

Be flexible. Usually there are a number of ways to achieve a goal that can have many positive outcomes. Talking to peers might be a greatway to reach your goals.

Take time for yourself. This may help you get your mind off of the stress and to regroup. Sometimes a change of scenery can be helpful- it’s important to give yourself permission to take time for yourself regularly. 

Exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. Thiscan help you feel better physically and emotionally.

Write down your feelings in a journal. This can be a great way to help you understand a situation and your expectations for the outcomes.

Try not to use alcohol or other drugs. When waking up after a long night of drinking it will only bring you down. Caffeine and energy drinks are only a temporary fix and will only make you feel worse when not drinking them.  

Best of luck on your journey,

Auntie Manda



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