Ever since the beginning of human history, people have had to deal with stress. From basics like, “what am I going to eat today, and how will I get the food,” to more strenuous things, like war and famine, stress has secretly buried itself in anything. Now a days, there may be many solutions to food access, and are much less wars, but people still struggle with stress.
Adolescents, especially hard working students, are constantly under much pressure and are given high expectations to perform well in school and sports. In our modern age, stress from school work has been increased recently: A survey by the American Psychological Association found that nearly half of all teens — 45 percent — said they were stressed by school pressures.
The increase in stress levels in teens is a concern for all students who endure much stress based on school work, and even more alarming when it can be detrimental to their health: Annu Rev Clin Psychol from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health claims, “Exposure to intense and chronic stressors during the developmental years has long-lasting neurobiological effects and puts one at increased risk for anxiety and mood disorders, aggressive dyscontrol problems, hypo-immune dysfunction, medical morbidity, structural changes in the CNS, and early death.”
Because of the harm caused by stress, students a PRHS have had to find ways to relieve stress that can potentially benefit other students who need the tips.
Hailey Hodel, a freshman at PRHS struggles to meet school assignment deadlines, and combats stress through school work loads and sports activities.
Hodel says she has stress, “all the time, all the time, like literally all the time.¨ and she says, ¨a lot of times I breakdown crying.”
Most of the time school assignments cause the stress and Hodel shares with us why, “Just the fact that I don't know how to do it, or I don't have it done in time.”
While Hodel continues to explain she claims, “It just brings a lot of stress into my life.” Hodel continues,
“ I think that because of school it has lead me to be more stressed about life”
but fortunately there are students like Hodel who have found ways to deal with that stress.
Hodel says, “I play water polo and swim, and it's a big relief cause I know that the stress just gets on my shoulders and I can just focus on swimming and swimming with my friends.¨
Photos by Rayvin Wulfing