Even though the school year just started last month, the Kenston High senior class is already busy rushing to obtain recommendation letters from their favorite teachers and complete numerous, mind-numbing college applications for next year. Many of us are also involved in fall sports which leaves little time for anything but schoolwork and practice, let alone time to relax with friends or family. If you are a senior and have found yourself extremely stressed lately, you are not alone. Senior, Jen Braun agrees by saying that, "With college, volleyball and schoolwork, there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. It's so stressful."
There are many simple ways of preventing and dealing with stress. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, some of the best long term ways to reduce stress for teens include; eating a balanced/nutritious diet, exercising regularly, listening to music, avoiding caffeine and keeping a journal. A good night's sleep is also very important to improve your overall attitude so you can concentrate and get things done during the day.
A great way to prevent even more stress in the future is to stay organized. Plan ahead, make schedules, and set personal goals so you do not miss any due dates for school and/or college obligations this fall. In addition to staying organized, try to plan time into your schedule to relax and socialize with friends. Keeping the balance between work and play can be hard, but it is vital in order to prevent anxiety.