Middle College High School

How to stress less

For a high school student managing more than six classes, sports, extracurricular activities, getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night is just the cherry on top of a not-so-balanced cake. Add on top with that college classes, college applications, and trying to fulfill all the requirements to get into college does not make our lives any easier. Yet we still somehow manage to survive on a day-to-day basis.

One of the ways I manage stress is by starting my week off with writing down a list of all the things that are going on that week, things I have to complete, and things that might make me stress out. This way, I feel a bit more organized. By making the list, I get the pleasure of crossing things off the list ー which is a pretty good feeling.

If there is ever a week where I’m feeling more stressed out than I usually am, I turn to a support system. Your support system can be anyone: your mom, dad, sibling, best friend, or anyone else that you know is going to listen and try to help out. You do not want turn to someone who seems like they don’t care or can make your life harder. Which brings me to my next point: clear the negativity out of your life. If you know someone is constantly bringing you down, and you prefer not do anything about it, how do you expect to rise? From my experience, it is so much easier when you get rid of unnecessary stresses.

Usually, when I know I have had a tough week, I like to reward myself. This can be anything from buying myself something nice to giving myself a day off, during which I tell myself to not be stressed out (preferably on the weekend).

I’m really glad I can rely on these steps to get me through any week because these tips do honestly keep me from having some sort of breakdown.