The Mess that is Stress


Cailyn Davies and Hana Dixon

Students at Wakefield Memorial High School are currently struggling with stress related to over- scheduling. It has been shown that youth have many commitments. There are many difficult obstacles in students’ lives, but fortunately there are ways of managing anxiety and worry.  if they learn to balance their busy schedules, high school can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Students’ main reasons for concern is their busy schedules. Teenagers today have a lot on their plates, like balancing sports, clubs, schoolwork and personal commitments. It is hard to manage everything because, when the bell rings at the end of the day, they are still responsible for projects and assignments.   While encouraged to get involved with extracurricular activities, these compete with the time it takes to complete homework. Teachers do not seem to take into account the existing obligations outside of educational responsibilities. A good way to mediate extracurricular activities with outside commitments is to join an activity that is right after school or shortly after. Another tip is to record any TV shows and watch them after other, more pertinent tasks have been completed. Busy schedules are hard to manage, but with the right mindset and motivation, anything can get done in a reasonable amount of time.

In a recent interview with freshman Sydney Sellers, she gave a special inside scoop of her busy schedule and how she manages her commitments. Sydney said  that she is on the Wakefield High School Dance Team and practices 3 days a week from 3:15-5:15. She also dances at The Dance Studio of Wakefield (DSW)  four days a week. When asked when she finds time for her homework, she explained that she “tries to get as much as she can done before dance team and then does the rest after DSW at 9:30.” Sydney says that the fact that she has 4 honors classes this year adds to her already large amount of stress. She says that getting good grades is very important to her. According to Sydney, she spends around two to three hours on homework everyday, only about 20 minutes of which she is able to fit in before dance team. This is because she also has to get ready for practice. She also said  that she does not think she gets a healthy amount of sleep, but does not know how she could possibly get more rest. Sydney said that her best stress reliever is watching Netflix. Luckily, we had some tips to give to Sydney and others to help complete projects and other school work efficiently.

WHS senior, Camryn Davies, talked about what makes her stressed and how she deals with it. Camryn is taking Honors English, which she considers to be her most difficult class. Camryn is employed at the Odyssey Day School, where she works every weekday from three o’clock to six o’clock. She must complete her homework after returning from her job, and this generally takes two-and-a-half or three hours. Furthermore, Camryn usually only gets 7 hours of sleep each, which is generally considered to be a low amount. Camryn stated that she stays awake working on homework, and this causes her to lose sleep. Despite having an intense schedule, there are ways that Camryn can relieve her stress.

Since there are many commitments in teenagers’ lives, it is imperative to find ways to stay organized. One tip to use is to make a schedule or a list of any tasks that must be completed. This helps high schoolers organize ideas and establish priorities. Students should also get extra help from teachers as necessary. In general, they should use the resources available to them. For example, they could search topics that they do not understand on the internet. Another tip is to find a way to be more efficient; try to do more in less time. This may include using abbreviations in note-taking and developing a formula for accomplishing similar tasks. Similarly, students should use their time wisely and stay focused. This includes taking advantage of ASC’s and using any time available in class. Furthermore, only using devices for school- related purposes, until homework is done, will prove to be beneficial. Additionally, avoid procrastinating. This is extremely counterproductive and makes many tasks much more difficult. Teenagers should find a quiet place to do homework and remove distractions (including devices that are not being used for educational purposes). Tasks that you enjoy should be saved until immediate commitments are finished. It is also important to utilize agenda books to keep on track. If someone needs to, they should take a break and take a few minutes to breathe and relax. It is counterproductive to attempt completing work if someone is extremely anxious about it. It is better if they take the time necessary to relax and do a better job in a calm manner. Therefore, many useful ways of dealing with everyday struggles should be carried out

Stress will not go away on its own. By putting a few of these tips to use, it is possible to decrease your stress level. It is important to remember that the assignment can get done, and avoid getting overwhelmed. Regardless of their schedule, everyone has stress. It is how it is managed that decides whether or not the task will get done. Just breathe, everything will be fine.