Dealing with Stress

For many high school students, summer is the least stressful time of the year. Sleeping in late, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying your time however you choose all contribute to a happy and stress-free vacation. However, it may be a shock to return to school and fall into the same lifestyle of managing projects, homework, and stress efficiently in September.

If you are experiencing difficulty, here are some tips that may come in handy:

Stay organized.

There are several methods to staying organized, and it is important to find the ones that work best for you. Binders, highlighters, post-it-notes, and an agenda are all methods that can lead to a successful year. If you choose to have a planner, write your assignments in it regularly to ensure you are not forgetting any important due dates.

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Set small goals.

It may seem that a major project is not too important, and you can do it sometime later. Procrastination is a serious problem that can cause additional unnecessary stress. By creating small goals, you are able to manage and tackle large tasks, and reduce cramming the night before a project is due.

Take care of yourself.

The benefits of sleeping well, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet cannot be overlooked. Sleeping the recommended 8-9 hours per night can improve memory, spur  creativity, and correlates to higher grades among students. Exercise and healthy eating habits cause similar boosts to grades and your mood. Exercising also releases endorphins, which has been shown to increase happiness and reduce stress.

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Whenever possible, enjoy free time.

With clubs, homework, projects, essays and upcoming tests, it may be difficult at times to enjoy hobbies and interests. To maintain your sanity and to reduce your stress, it is important to find the time to do the things that you love. Whether this is reading, playing video games, being with friends, or simply browsing the internet, your activities serve as a temporary distraction and minimize the stress you feel.


Author: Allison Venturini

Orginally Published: 2014

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