Student Apathy and Three Ways to Fight It

By: MILO BOYD

Apathy, the lack of emotion or motivation. Most people feel this sooner or later in life, with it being able to range from being moderate to severe. It can affect multiple aspects of your life and hinder it, making it difficult to change. 

Apathy can be seen everywhere in life; however, it’s very present in the lives of many students, with it severely affecting their education and stealing their motivation to do their work. When you’re apathetic, it can be very hard to change, and staying in the state can even lead to other issues such as depression and anxiety. 

Thankfully, there are ways to combat apathy and make sure to not let your education go downhill. 

1.Exercise. While this may not be a long-term solution, it can be a useful tool to give you a boost you need to get out of a negative mood. Working out before studying or doing schoolwork can help with concentration, keep you from feeling tired, and overall cognitive function. To explain scientifically, when exercising, your blood, the transporter of oxygen, nutrients, and glucose, is pumped more vigorously to all regions of the body, including the brain, which in return makes you more relaxed and energized. You can do something as simple as take a walk outside, or something more intense like lifting weights. Whatever it is, working out will help improve your school work performance.

2. Stay in touch with people. The last thing you want is to isolate yourself. Isolating yourself can increase your apathy, create sleep problems, and negatively impact your mood. It’s best to make an effort to chat and hang out with people close to you, as doing so can greatly improve your mental well being, attitude, and overall outlook on life, which can transfer to your academic life. Something like watching a movie with your significant other, or going out with friends, can be a great way to prevent feeling apathetic.

3. Have a routine. Self-care is not only highly important for your own well being, but also for your education. Having a morning routine can greatly improve how you feel for the rest of the day. Creating morning habits such as waking up early, washing your face, or stretching, can set a positive tone for the rest of the day and increase your productivity.

There’s nothing wrong or shameful about feeling apathetic, it can be hard to shake off for most people, and it can negatively affect everything in your life. Many students suffer from this and have their performance in school degrade, but if you notice the problem and steps are taken, you’ll have a greater chance at fighting it off. 

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