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Five ways to become a less stressed student

Farah Merchant, Staff Writer

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Head deep in homework, extracurriculars and stress.

These are three things all high schoolers experience one time or another (sometimes concurrently). The constant bombardment of homework piled on top of extracurriculars most likely relates to stress causing the three to come in a package.

Stress is hard to deal with. It is as though one is drowning, not knowing how to swim, and as far from shore as possible. But stress, like everything, can be dealt with. Here are ways to deal with stress:

  1. Take a walk

The cold stinging your face may not be the ideal weather people expect to walk under, but walking outside is a great way to relieve stress. It helps cool your nerves and allows you to enjoy the brisky weather.

  1. Select a different environment

Association with an environment can either help you study or stress you out. Usually when stressed, your room is not a place you want to return to since it probably mocks you with all the work you have left. Usually, the Coppell Public Library and coffee shops such as Starbucks, are better made for studying and help you relax by putting you in the proper mind-set.

  1. Take a shower

Showering usually wake people up from falling into a deep slumber when studying, but also allows people to relax. Showering is a simple task to be accomplished, but makes you feel productive and fresh.

  1. Take a nap

With all the work burdened on high schoolers, sleep is hard to get, but napping really helps. Even though napping is looked upon as something lazy, “a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep” and helps improve memory says Medical Daily and Harvard.

  1. Breathing

This is the most typical procedure people recommend when stressed, but it is proven to be quite effective. Not the whole taking deep breaths which then make you feel light-headed, but just pushing away your work for a minute and closing you eyes listening to your breath helps alleviate stress. It calms your heart-rate and allows your jumbled thoughts to untangle the tight knot they have secured on your brain.

These steps seem fruitless and are ignored by quite a few stressed out people, but are really effective. When stressed, the last thing you want to do is study and pile onto that stress – taking a moment to relax can really help with productivity.

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About the Writer
Farah Merchant, Co-Student Life Editor

Farah Merchant is a senior and third-year staff writer and Student Life Editor on The Sidekick. She also works for the Citizen's Advocate, the local Coppell...

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