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What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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High school can be a very stressful time. Most likely, it’s the most stressful situation you’ve encountered in your life so far. Balancing classes, extracurriculars, your social life, your college search and application process and more can easily take a toll on you. Everyone experience stress at one time or another. If your workload or commitments are leaving you frazzled and feeling overwhelmed, there are some steps you can take to try and relieve some of that stress.

  • Talk to someone. Whether you decide to confide in one of your parents, schedule some time to meet with your guidance counselor or favorite teacher, or you just decide to vent to your friend, it can help to talk to someone else when you’re feeling stressed out. The person you decide to turn to may have some advice or experience they can share with you. Often times, simply expressing your feelings can help you feel a little better.
  • Stay organized. Keeping a routine schedule and lists of what you have to accomplish can help you stay organized and focused. Staying organized will help keep you on track and will allow you to avoid those stressful, last-minute scrambles to finish assignments and projects.
  • Get plenty of sleep. It might be easy to sacrifice sleep when you have a list of work you have to get to, but sleep is critically important to your performance in school. If you stay organized, like mentioned before, you should be able to ensure you get enough sleep each night. Keeping well rested helps you focus and accomplish more during the day.
  • Stress relievers. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, and that keeps you feeling calm, relaxed and happy, make sure to do it. If you have a specific hobby you enjoy, or just like hanging out with friends, don’t deprive yourself. It can be easy to get caught up in the rush of the school year, but it’s important to take time for yourself every once in a while.

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