Getting a grip on stress


The Mirror reporter

We all know the stress of high school students, balancing school, homework, sports, clubs, a job, time with friends, and things like eating dinner or walking the dog.

According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 80 percent of students say they feel stress daily. Here are some tips and tricks to help you relieve stress.

First is to eat healthy and exercise. Exercise can get you out of the house and doing something which can help relieve anxiety while keeping your body healthy. If you eat healthier, you will physically feel better. While that doesn’t necessarily help mental health it’s a small step towards feeling better.

“When you’re physically well, the mental wellness will likely (or hopefully) follow,” SPASH psychologist Aimee Burazin said.

Taking breaks and finding balance between work and free time is essential to managing stress. One way you could do this is by completing parts of a project over a longer period of time rather than all in one night. This advice isn’t new and may be hard for some people to handle but not waiting until the night before will relieve all kinds of stress. Procrastination: don’t do it!

The realization that you don’t need to be a part of every sport or every club is also essential. If you’re in two clubs and a sport but the club meetings and practice fall on a Thursday, it’s time to reevaluate what is most important. Being a part of more activities you can’t handle will result in increased stress, anxiety and even depression. Remind yourself that you won’t be rejected from college if you decide to drop one of your three clubs and that everything will be okay. Your mental health is always more important.

While it’s been scientifically proven that going to school before 10 a.m. is a waste of time and ineffective, that will not change any time soon. Sleep is incredibly important. Lack of sleep will lead to depression, anxiety and stress. How do you get better sleep? Get all your homework done the first chance you get along with any other responsibilities you might have. Cramming for a test at two in the morning will not make you suddenly a genius in the course, so set the book down.

“Students need to find what works for them but I would always recommend finding someone they can talk to whether it’s their counselor, a teacher, or a good friend,” Burazin said.

The next time you are feeling anxious or stressed, try these tips to get back on track.