High school is a tough place to grow up and if you’re going to survive you have to learn to deal with stress. There is more pressure than ever on students to achieve success in their studies, as well as to be ‘normal’ teenagers and have lots of friends. Sometimes, things can get on top of you and it is hard to stay in control of your emotions. School isn’t always the source of your problems, as there may be something going on at home that puts even more stress on you.
When you’re struggling to cope with personal stress it is always worth talking to someone. Your friends are a good place to start, but if you don’t have anyone to confide in or you do not feel you can confide in your friends, you could always try a teacher. Usually, there is at least one teacher that you have a connection with who will understand if you’re having problems at home or if you’re struggling at school. Sometimes, all you need is a sympathetic ear and it doesn’t matter to you whether it comes from a friend, teacher or counselor.
If you’re stressed out because you have too many things on your plate, you have to learn to prioritise. You ought to put your studies first and so if you have committed yourself to lots of extracurricular activities and decided to join lots of clubs that require you to invest a great deal of time, you may have to quit some of them. If your social life is getting in the way of your studies and you’re struggling to complete your homework on time, you have to learn when to say ‘no’ to your friends, so that you can concentrate on what you need to do.
If you are able to organise your time effectively, you won’t have too much difficulty trying to juggle your school work and social life, which should alleviate some of your stress. If you are going to stay on top of your personal stress you also have to take care of yourself, though. This means taking time to eat proper meals, rather than snacking on junk food all the time, so that you can keep your energy levels up. Plus, you need to get some exercise, as exercise promotes the release of endorphins that can make you feel more positive about things. Sleep is also essential if you are going to stay healthy and keep your stress levels under control.
If you are going to get the most out of your high school years, you have to take steps to ensure that personal stress doesn’t get the better of you; interfering with your studies and making you feel depressed.