The fact is that on a scale of 1-10, the American Psychological Association found teens stress levels were at 5.8, when a healthy stress level is a 3.9. During this time of year many juniors and seniors are worrying about college, SAT’s, ACT’s, AP classes, sports, and work. There is very little time left for what all students need, relaxation.
In 2013, the American Psychological Association concluded that when they conducted a survey with 1,018 teens that 31% felt overwhelmed, 30% felt sad or depressed, and 36% felt tired or fatigued. The percentage of teens who say their stress has increased in the past year is double to the percentage of teens that say their stress has declined.
High levels of stress have been connected to heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, fatigue, procrastination, weak immune system, and anxiety. But what benefits does relaxation have? Relaxation allows you to slow down your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, increase blood flow, allow you to make better decisions , and help the formation of new brain cells.
But how will relaxing benefit McMahon students? Tori Casolo (18’), member of the softball team, explained why you need to find a happy medium between being too stressed and too relaxed, “If you are an uptight person, not many people will like you. But if you are too relaxed, you will have people constantly walking over you.” Majority of students at McMahon can agree that school is the most stressful part of their life, and continually gets more stressful as you go up in grades. But there are some students who disagree, like Gabby Gajewski (18’), who said, “I am less stressed this year because we have more time to do homework and the days goes by quicker with block scheduling.”
Are you ready to start this school year off right? Use any one of the tips below and find your inner peace!
10 tips and tricks on how to relax