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How to Deal With School Stress

Serena Helwani, Staff Writer, Zen Guru

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“Oh you’re just a kid, you have nothing to be stressed over.” I’m sure you’ve all heard these words PLENTY of times throughout your high school experiences. Whether you’re a senior taking on the stress of graduation and applying to colleges, or you’re a freshman just beginning to figure out who you want to be in high school, you all have reasons to be stressed. But, this stress can be managed with some tips and tricks.

 

  1. Make sure you take some time to slow down and take a breather. Sometimes, daily schedules filled with classes, extracurriculars, sports, and jobs can feel extremely overwhelming.  It’s important to take care of yourself too. Taking time outs to breathe, listen to music, grab a snack, write, draw or even meditate can significantly change your day for the better!
  2. It’s always more useful to break down large tasks into smaller tasks in order to make workloads more manageable. If you have homework for five different classes due by the end of the week, spreading out the workload within the time you have will do you better than saving it all for the last minute. Don’t procrastinate!
  3. Sleep at a reasonable time and wake up at a reasonable time. Teenagers can absolutely not function at their best ability without a good amount of rest. When you get all eight hours of sleep, you’re more likely to get good grades. Also, the more sleep, the better your mood!

 

Overall, there are so many things you can do to reduce stress and promote calmer living. Try not to feel too overwhelmed with all the college and school stuff, take a breather, and know it’ll all pass.

 

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Helping-Teenagers-With-Stress-066.aspx

http://www.pamf.org/teen/life/stress/managestress.html

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