Stress sucks. Being stressed, that sinking feeling in the pit of your gut, the nervousness you constantly feel, it’s on par with depression for what it does to the human body as well as psyche. It is essentially a human made, human promoted disease – one that we, as a human race, just keep on pushing to the limit.
Helpguide, a medical help site, defines stress as this: ‘Anything that puts high demands on the human body, mental or physical, can cause stress.’ So, things such as schoolwork, rocky relationships, soccer, hiking, family visiting, the list goes on and on – all of these things can cause stress.
We develop new technology, not so we can work simpler, but so we can work more. We constantly push students to the very limit of their abilities, something that contributes to the very high suicide rate in teens. We fall in love, and then fall out of love. So, so many factors in our lives create this stress, and we just don’t know how to handle it. Some people do drugs, some drink, some lie, some sleep, some eat, we all have our own unhealthy methods of coping. We have doctors, therapists, psychologists, there are loads of professions dedicated to fixing this global issue, but it’s really, really difficult for a child to get help with stress – more specifically, students, people like you or me.
So, here are a few tips to help you with stress, ones that hopefully keep you from feeling too terrible over the school years, and the work that comes with them.
- Make sure you take days off. Don’t work constantly, forget to go out on the weekends, and forget to do the things you enjoy. Humans are social creatures. Capitalize on that, and do something fun!
- Have the right environment. Don’t work on the bus, or while you are out with friends, or in your bedroom with the lights off. Get yourself a bowl of carrot sticks, a mug of tea, and hop right into the work that you need to do.
- Get help. Nobody likes it, but we can’t do it all on our own. Talk to others on their work habits, ask for a study-buddy, and ask your teachers for help. While you may not like it, and it may seem ‘weak’, it’s important. We have mentors for a reason.
Stress is hard, but it isn’t unfixable. Make sure you manage your stress, and don’t worry – it will all end up right in the end.