I can tell you that from my own personal experience that there is no doubt that school can be extremely stressful. I remember sitting in the library at Middle Tennessee State University with my head in my hands, a Starbucks coffee (with a shot of espresso) beside me, a Red Bull in my bag, 5 textbooks and several binders and papers surrounding the desk. I had 2 projects due, a TV news show to produce, and 3 tests to take all in the span of 3 days. To say I was stressed was DEFINITELY an understatement. Those students who are in college right now know exactly what I am talking about don’t you?
With the growing demands and expectations, high school can be just as stressful. High school is more difficult today than ever before. Not only are you taking honors/AP classes, you are dealing with extracurricular activities, after school jobs, relationships, and tons of social pressures. Everyone experience, respond and resolve stress differently. The main thing is that you deal with the stress. If it is not taken care of and stress continues it can lead to anxiety, depression, irritability, lack of concentration, anger, sleep deprivation, and you can even get physically sick. I don’t know about you but none of those sounds fun to me!
Whether you are in high school or college I am about to give you some simple stress-busters to help you out. These suggestions are straight from people who have been through stressful situations just like you!
Here are what your Upward Bound staffers do when they are stressed out:
“My stress buster is praying for peace and comfort and reading a good book. :)”- Sandi Harris