Friday, May 22, 2015

April PPOW - Ashley Jones

School Causing Kids Stress

School obviously has a really big impact on our lives. Without school we wouldn’t know as much as we do. The bad thing about school is that it can lead to a lot of stress. The definition of stress is: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. The reason school causes so much stress is that teachers give us lots of homework that maybe someone doesn't know how to do. When they expect us to get all this homework done and to know it all the next day, it’s really hard on any kid.
Plus battling after school activities can create more stress. The Washington Post’s survey reported that forty percent of teens said that after school activities adds to the school stress. When you get home at 6:00-7:00 P.M., you have to eat, talk to your family, and then you end up stay up really late to do all this school work.
Teachers don’t realize how hard school can be on kids. Kids also gain stress by trying to fit in and be cool. One of the biggest causes of stress at school is bullying, and teachers can’t be around every kid for every second of the day. Let’s face it, school is terrible. You have to wake up early every weekday and sit in chairs all day learning 8 different subjects.
You never get any time to take a break and go outside. We are humans, and we need to relax for a little bit. They can’t expect us to get everything that they say. We have other classes that we need to focus on too. High-schoolers also have part time jobs, and it’s hard to focus on all of these things. I recommend that teachers need to take their lessons a little slower, so we have more time to understand what they’re saying.
It’s also really stressful when you have no time to go to your locker. You really need something, but you can’t be late to class. Trying to carry everything around on your back can really hurt it. It ruins your posture and might cause you back pain. See, school has many things causing us this unnecessary stress!
According to APA,(American Psychological Association) their survey showed that 13-17 year olds are experiencing unhealthy stress levels frequently. School was the number one source in stress, and second was pressure of getting into a good college. Since school is causing so much stress, it’s causing them to do poorly in school. That means failing tests, lower scores, and not a high enough GPA.
After researching about stress, I thought I should give some tips on how to reduce it. Number one: Take a nap and just relax, forget about the world for a little bit. When you wake up, you feel better and not so stressed. Tip number two: Visualizations, try to visualize in your head what you are going to do for a big project before you start. This helps you out so you don’t freak out about what you are going to do.
Third tip: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. In the morning you could do yoga or after school go for a run. Fourth: Listening to your favorite songs can help you stay calm and maybe singing along will help you forget about how stressed you are. Number five: Think positive about your day and school work, so you can do better on assignments. Staying positive can also help you stay happy.

Tip number six: Everyday do something you enjoy to make you smile and be happy. Last but not, least tip number seven: Whatever you do, try not to procrastinate, so you stay on task and get your work done! Hopefully, you have listened and will see this as me helping you out. "Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” -Hans Selye
You are probably thinking, “Why did she write about stress?” Well, I have your answer. I wrote about stress because it’s a big problem with many people. I thought I would do a little research and use my own background knowledge to write about it. Since stress has taken a big toll on me, I thought that researching about it has helped a ton. I stress out about many things like homework, should I do sports, and mostly what I want to be when I grow up.
Growing up scares me because I don’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life. Plus thinking about college can be really scary if you don’t know if you can handle it. After researching, I found out that I’m not the only one stressed out by school. All around the world there are kids suffering from stress because of school. So if you are struggling with school and getting stressed out, don’t freak out because now you know you aren’t alone.
Thinking about your future is unbelievably freaky, but you do have to face your fears sooner or later. Have that talk with someone, and maybe you both can bond over it. Stress is totally normal, but if you’re stressing too much, you might need to reach out to a doctor or your parent/guardian.
Knowing about stress can help you in the long run. Stress can hurt you mentally and physically. It also can cause heart disease, they still need more research to prove how. If you stress out too much, it can even lead to a stroke. Always be careful when you are stressed out, just remember to take deep breaths and try to remain calm.

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