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Stress And School

The daily amount of stress that I apply on myself is negatively impacting my everyday life. Before I entered high school, I became cognizant of the fact that grades started to count. The colleges that I would later apply to would see the grades that I was earning. I told myself that I would have to receive good grades throughout high school if I wanted to be accepted into a good college. Since the start of high school, my stress level has dramatically increased. Because of this stress, I’m missing out on a lot of things that I would love to do. I didn’t try out for the play, I quit mock trial, I’ve stopped attending teen court, I didn’t try out for cheerleading again, and I miss out on multiple things during the weekend. The stress has altered my thinking; it’s making me think that I am going to do worse in school if I preoccupy myself with anything other than schoolwork. Stress and school have started to consume my life and myself. It’s physically and mentally draining, and has health effect as well. I have a difficult time sleeping, I have a decreased appetite, and I have stress-induced headaches. Although a small amount of stress is good in one’s life to motivate them, mine is driving me over the edge. It has caused success, better than I have ever done in school, but it’s causing me much angst. It leads me to the question: What’s more important? Being stressed out and getting good grades or being happy and getting average grades? I guess I’ll find out.
TheNotSoAverageGirl TheNotSoAverageGirl 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 4, 2012

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I really recognize myself in this. I used to be the same in high school and I still give up a lot for my studies. The way I learned to handle this kind of anxiety was to set small deadlines for myself and reward myself when I finished hem. For example: you make a to-do list, and when you've marked of one of the things on the to-do list, you go and do someting fun or relaxing. This way you can try and spread out the work, while still doing fun things. And you can relax a bit, because you've finished something too! Seeing a finished to-do list at the end of the line is really satisfying and relaxing. Maybe my method of dealing with this same problem can be useful to you!