Ask any high school student and they will tell you that they are stressed. Between all the tests, homework assignments, PSAT’s, SAT’s, ACT’s, college applications and everything else, who would not be?

Stress can do a lot to a teenager, and most of it comes from school. Whether it be about what college to go to, what classes to take, or any upcoming deadlines, almost all teens have stress because of school.

Stress is not just being tense about something coming up or a project that is due. If a student is always under constant stress then that can lead to different things. According to the American Psychological Association “chronic stress can cause anxiety, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system, and can contribute to diseases such as depression, obesity and heart disease”

It is common for students to be involved in multiple clubs, sports and any other extracurriculars. With different meetings, deadlines and commitments, stress is bound to show up.

Senior Cindy Kirkman is familiar with stress. Kirkman is involved in marching band, student council, band council, DECA, NHS, musical pit, and also works a part time job. Kirkman also knows the importance of taking a break and relieving stress.

“I usually take time to sit down and just bust out multiple things in a row to shorten my workload. I also like to just take some time to myself to relax and do things totally unrelated to school,” said Kirkman.

When Kirkman takes time to relax, she also makes sure to keep herself a top priority and realizes that you can get things done and be happy.

“Re-evaluate your schedule and what you invest your time into. If more things are making you stressed rather than making you happy, change things up. Is it really worth it if you are not happy or feeling accomplished in the end?” said Kirkman.

Junior year is considered to be one of the most stressful years of a teen’s high school career. You are now considered an upperclassman, colleges are now looking at you and your grades, and you are starting to take classes that will help you in your future career.

Junior Shelby Brown knows the pressure and stress put on people in her class. Brown is involved in marching band, wind ensemble, band council, musical, Best Buddies, freshmen mentoring, NHS, ballet and tap.

Brown is involved in school and feels the stress of all her activities conflicting with each other. Brown tries to relieve stress by dancing.

“I cannot really keep stress low because I constantly keep getting work piled on top of work, but I relieve it by dancing, it allows me to let all my problems go,” Said Brown.

Stress affects everyone in a different way, what is important is how you deal with it. It is okay to take a break and have some time to yourself.

Things you can do to relieve stress include:

  • Taking a nap
  • Using a face mask
  • Listening to music
  • Watching tv
  • Playing with animals
  • Hanging out with friends and family

Stress can do a lot to a person. To keep yourself happy and healthy, take a break. If you need other stress relievers find what works for you, and there are also self-care Instagram accounts that give tips to help take care of yourself.