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How to handle 2nd semester stress

Staff Writer: Nicole Siguenza

Partway through second semester, everyone can feel the year dragging out. All students are pushing to maintain good grades, be involved, and do other activities outside of school. Seniors are trying to recover from their bad cases of senioritis, wondering what the point of second semester is, while awaiting to hear back from colleges and trying to decide what to do with their futures. All of these factors crescendo and leave students feeling stressed and tired. However, there are many ways relieve stress to make second semester a little more bearable.

  1. Exercise

Exercising releases endorphins which in turn makes you feel better. Exercising carves out a period of time just for you and benefits you both mentally and physically. Watch T.V. while walking on the treadmill, do a workout with a fun workout buddy, lift some weights while listening to music, or go for a peaceful hike in nature. All of these options with help you relax while making you healthier too.

  1. Declutter

Clutter and disorganization only serves to add more chaos to an already stressed mind. By organizing items and discarding unused ones, it brings you some peace of mind and allows you a form of control.

  1. Do Things You Enjoy

Often, obligations and other stressors tend to take priority over hobbies and enjoyable activities. By scheduling fun activities, it gives you a break and will allow you to focus better later after having time to relax.

  1. Spending Time With Loved Ones

Spending time with people you enjoy, whether it be going out, watching T.V., eating, or studying together, they will put you more at ease and allow you to focus on tasks better. Expressions of love such as hugging also serve to relax you as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system to slow heart rate and calm the body.

  1. Say No

When you’re already stressed, taking on more responsibilities out of obligation or expectation will just put more stress on your mind. Allow yourself the chance to unwind. You do not have to do everything. Ultimately, your mental health comes first.

  1. Sleep

Although sleeping for twelve hours isn’t helpful, getting adequate sleep is important. Being well rested makes it easier to complete tasks, taking less time and effort, making you more productive and less overwhelmed. Experts recommend that teenagers get nine hours of sleep a night.

  1. Communication

Talk to people. If you are overextended, talking to someone about how you feel is helpful. Alternatively, talking to people in a social setting provides the needed human interaction to make you more comfortable.

While second semester is a busy time of year, there is always time to put yourself first in order to improve your mental state.