Article by Lauren Zhou

High school is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging but rewarding times in a student’s academic career. Extended Essays, maintaining a good GPA, higher level courses; these are just some of the major aspects of the typical high school workload. It is clear that students build up a lot of stress in their academic life on top of balancing their classes with extracurricular activities.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways we can all easily relieve stress, without spending an excessive amount of money.

Senior Gabriela P. says, “whenever I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed I like to meditate for a while to clear my head. Otherwise, I’ll go to the gym for an hour to clear my mind and then get back to work.”

Candles and facemasks are also nice once in awhile, but as Gabriela points out; sometimes exercise works best. Schoolwork definitely makes it more difficult to find time for physical activity, but when you can, try and squeeze it in! It’ll improve your mental health as well and help with things like memory capacity. That means less nights spent cramming for tests!

Sophomore Sarah G. says, “I like to take a breather by either playing with my dogs, listening to music, watching Youtube, or playing video games, but I make sure to prioritize my schoolwork.”

The methods mentioned above are all great strategies and free of charge, but the internet is an extremely helpful tool as well. Freshman, Phuong B. says, “when I’m stressed I watch turtle and tortoise videos to calm down.” She suggests other stressed High Schoolers watch her favorite video: “Tortoises Try Tiny Pancakes” on Youtube.

More traditional methods like stress balls are not always necessary, but often useful in relieving frustration when classes become too overwhelming. Here is the link to an easy and cheap stress ball DIY, to help you get through your Monday: http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-flour-stress-ball/

With these stress relief methods in mind, hopefully you’ll find it easier to stay on top of homework, heavy course loads, and extracurriculars, without completely losing your cool. Try to persevere, because although High School may be extremely tough at times, there are always ways to deal with the stress!

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