Stress Management and School

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Sitting at the desk looking at the test. Staring at it blankly. Spending hours on homework the night before, studying for tests, going to extra curricular activities, one can get overwhelmed with activities and chores. With a lack of sleep, the day can feel endless and dreadful. How does one get stressed? What are the effects of stress?
 
According to The Health Center  many things such as school, family obligations and pressures, not fitting in, moving, having a job and over-scheduling can cause a teenager to become stressed.
 
So what is “stress” defined as?
 
“Stress is when you can’t sleep and at every second of the day you think of that one thing,” Ariana Gutierrez said.
 
Stress is defined as the difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension.
 
When students go into their sophomore year they have the opportunity to take advanced placement classes that give them college credit, if they pass the class. Towards the end of the semester students study to have their final report card look good for colleges. 
 
“I am stressing about the end of the semester because I am on the verge of failing two of my classes and my grades are not very good,” Prachi Wagle said.
 
Students not only have to deal with their schoolwork but also they have to deal with stresses at home and with sports. According to WebMD, parents pressure about grades and other events socially or academically causes a teen to stress.
   
“It’s a big challenge to balance difficulties and responsibilities at school and home while maintaining relationships with, all while coping with the stress of growing up,” Ryan Harper said.  
   
Many students move here during the school year because of family member’s jobs. Students may not realize the difficulties of moving to a new area after growing up or living in an area.
 
“Having to deal with meeting new people, getting caught up on homework, and adjusting to the new environment was difficult,” Zach Cain said. Cain moved here in October from Idaho.
 
If students finds out the reason why they are stressed that can help find a way to overcome the situation that is causing the stress.  
 
“I think the main reason I am stressed is because I don’t know some of the things that we are studying so maybe if I go in and get help and understand it then I won’t be as stressed or if I don’t leave things until the last minute,” Wagle said.  
When students find out why they are stressed it is easier to find a solution to clearing the stress. Here are some simple ways to focus on staying unstressed:
 
1. Breathe deeply: If you are feeling stressed it is best to take a moment and calm down. 
2. Listen to music: music 
 
“It’s a big challenge to balance difficulties and responsibilities at school and home while maintaining relationships with, all while coping with the stress of growing up,” Ryan Harper said.  
 
By PAIGE SMITH