High school could be stressful yet it is also one of the best times of your life. Statistically, people responded that high school was the best part of their lives. However, as much as it is fun and memorable as it is, it has a lot of responsibilities and adjustments with it. Being at high school generally means that you are at the crossroads from being a kid to being a young adult. You’re being groomed to become responsible by equipping the necessary knowledge and skills necessary for college. It is basically the start of being independent and doing and deciding on your own.
The stress of high school could be enormous be it academically, emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. At some point, there are a lot of examinations to attend to as well as homeworks, projects, and extracurricular activities. Some high school students experience depression and insecurities and such issues must be addressed and solved immediately before having some negative impact. The key in overcoming these stresses relies on diverting one’s attention from the stress to something relaxing. Here are some ways of diverting your attention and overcoming the stress that high school life brings.
1.) Engage in sports. This is basically the most common activity of high school boys. Be it team sports such as basketball or football, individual sports such as martial arts or swimming, or outdoor sports such as hiking, camping, and biking, sports is a very popular to boys. Studies show that students who engage in sports normally perform better not just academically but also socially, emotionally, and physically. Engaging in sports doesn’t only develop the physical aspect but also help instill and develop the sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and other values as well.
2.) Chat with friends. High school normally end at 5 in the afternoon and there is no better way to end it than seeing and spending time with your closest friends. You may opt to walk home together or stay a little longer to chat or do something such as a school activity, project, or barely nothing and just to spend time with one another. As much as boys find an avenue to relax through sports, girls find it soothing to talk to their girl pals. Some great friendships are forged in high school and you may find your best friend during this great time of your life. Talking to friends gives you a channel to air out your disappointments and frustrations and letting it all out really helps. It’s a big help psychologically and emotionally to let your emotions, be it positive or negative, go out.
3.) Do something that you are really interested in. Do something that you really love and you will never get bored. If you’re interested in something, do it as long as it has some productive effect. Playing and spending a lot of time on computer games doesn’t help because aside from wasting time, you’re learning nothing. There are a lot of things that you can do on your free time and still be so productive such as reading, doing household chores, learn arts, or simply pursuing your hobby. Hobbies can become good earning opportunities later on if you develop it well and it may lead you to the right college program.
4.) Spend time with family. You don’t spend all of your time in school but being in high school also means lesser time with your family than you were still small. Take advantage of such opportunity to spend time with your family. Spending time with your family will boost you emotionally and could make you easily overcome the stress that school brings. Work together with your family during weekends, go to mass together, or gather around to talk and help and support each other. Your family is your rock so treasure it and make your bond a lot stronger by spending time with them.
5.) Take some rest. And lastly, though different activities help you get a relief, sometimes the best way to overcome stress is simply to take a rest. Sleep never goes out of style and if you can find time, most likely during your break time, take the opportunity to have a little nap. Giving yourself some time alone also helps a lot. It gives you the time to think about things clearly without any distractions and come up with good ideas. Rest is the ultimate answer to stress so don’t overlook it and take it for granted. It really helps a lot.
Having a balanced and well managed life is the key in overcoming stress in high school. Since you’re living a life without much worries, take the opportunity to make yourself grow in if possible all aspects. Academics is not the only focus of going to school. Personal development is a very important thing to consider too and you should focus on it. Doing those things listed about will help you deal with stress in school and lead you to become a much better and well rounded person.