Managing Stress

February, 2021

For some people, daily stress is a given. If you are a high school student who is balancing either sports, clubs, other activities, or just trying to stay on top of your school work, chances are that you are stressed once in a while. Now that we have agreed that most of us struggle with stress, let's talk about how we can make dealing with it much easier.

Please keep in mind that these tips are what have helped me. Stress affects everyone differently, so, in the same way, what might help someone cope with stress may not help you (which is perfectly fine!) Just find something that works best for you.

Stress can be defined as feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope due to pressures that are unimaginable. The first step to help you push through those overwhelming thoughts is to identify what specific things cause you the most stress. Then, think about how your body reacts to them. If your body reacts in an unhealthy way, you may want to find a healthy way to cope with your feelings. Some activities that I have found relaxing or calming are reading, journaling, doing yoga or stretching, drawing/sketching, lighting a candle, drinking a glass of water, completing crossword puzzles, or just simply resting your mind by putting everything down and letting your brain organize your thoughts. A simple deep breath goes a long way as well.

Severe stress can lead to long term effects such as depression, anxiety, digestive problems, weight gain, and trouble sleeping at night. Even though you may feel like stress is a minor thing, if it persists, it could cause you a lot of trouble in your future.

Don't be afraid to talk to people about how you're feeling or of confronting someone who makes you stressed out. It may seem uncomfortable but it will definitely benefit you for years to come.