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How High School Students Can Separate Home Stress from School Stress

William Murphy, senior, stresses over AP Literature assignment.

Hey there, high schoolers! Let’s talk about something we all know too well: stress. Between homework, exams, family stuff, and just life in general, it can feel like we’re juggling a hundred things at once. But fear not, because there are ways to keep your school stress from blending into your home stress.

Recognize the Sources of Stress:
First and foremost, it’s important for students to recognize the sources of their stress. School-related stressors might include exams, deadlines, and social dynamics, while home-related stressors could stem from family conflicts or personal issues. By identifying these sources, students can begin to address them more effectively.

Establish Boundaries:
Creating clear boundaries between home and school life is essential for separating the two realms of stress. Designate specific times and places for studying and school-related activities and try to keep these separate from relaxation and family time. When at home, avoid bringing school-related worries into family interactions, and vice versa.

Practice Time Management:
Effective time management is key to reducing stress both at home and at school. Encourage students to prioritize tasks, break larger projects into smaller, more manageable steps, and use tools such as planners or digital calendars to stay organized. By staying on top of their responsibilities, students can minimize last-minute rushes and alleviate stress.

Develop Coping Strategies:
When stress does arise, it’s important for students to have coping strategies in place to help them manage it effectively. This might include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, physical activity, or creative outlets such as writing, or art. Encourage students to explore different techniques to find what works best for them.

Seek Support:
No student should have to navigate stress alone. Encourage students to reach out to supportive friends, family members, teachers, or school counselors when they’re feeling overwhelmed. Having a strong support network can provide valuable perspective, encouragement, and practical assistance.

Practice Self-Care:
Taking care of oneself is essential for managing stress. Encourage students to prioritize their physical and mental health by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated, and engaging in activities they enjoy. Making time for hobbies, relaxation, and socializing can help replenish energy and reduce stress levels. High school students face a countless stressor both at school and at home, but learning to separate the two can greatly alleviate the burden. By recognizing the sources of stress, establishing boundaries, practicing time management, developing coping strategies, seeking support, and prioritizing self-care, students can better navigate the challenges they encounter. With these strategies in place, high school can become a more
manageable and fulfilling experience.

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Cheikh Toure
Cheikh Toure, Staff Writer
Hi my name is Cheikh Toure. I'm currently, in my 3rd year at Page High School. I am from the country of Togo, where French is our official language. Throughout my time at Page High School soccer has played a role in shaping my journey. Being part of the school's soccer team has taught me lessons in discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. Moreover, beyond the field, I've discovered a passion for writing. Fiction is particularly intriguing to me as it allows me to unleash my imagination. Whether it's embarking on thrilling adventures or exploring the depth of emotions writing has become an outlet for me to express my creativity. In addition to my love for storytelling and creativity through writing, I've developed an interest in technology and engineering. Exploring computer coding and learning about its intricacies interests me. Once I graduate from school my aspiration is to pursue a career as a software engineer. Apart from fiction and technology pursuits staying informed about world news has also become an aspect of my life. Keeping up with world news broadens my perspectives. Enhances my understanding of our evolving world. As I continue on this journey at Page High School I am grateful for the experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. My background dedication to sportsmanship and thirst for knowledge all contribute to shaping who I am becoming. I am excited to welcome the opportunities that the future holds for me.

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