Imagine that you have a research paper due on Monday, a difficult math test on Thursday, a history presentation on Friday, and a sports tournament that weekend. Also, you are practicing for an upcoming ACT test. You’re probably feeling a bit anxious and overwhelmed. A little bit of stress is common and healthy for students, but when are students experiencing too much stress?
According to TeensHealth.org, your adrenal glands produce and release adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream when your body encounters a stressor. Your heart, breathing, blood pressure, and metabolism speed up. Your entire body heightens its senses. Your muscles are alert, your pupils dilate to enhance your vision, and your liver releases excess glucose to give your body energy. Therefore, your body is prepared to respond to the stressor. This response may help you perform well during a game or a test.
If the stress response does not “turn off” properly, then issues may arise. For instance, if an adolescent is experiencing long-term anxiety that is cause by a divorce or other family problems, then the stress that the child feels will eventual wear him or her down. It can even weaken his or her immune system, which could lead to health problems. Moreover, having a hectic schedule for a long period of time will also cause a student to have stress that is detrimental to him or her. Signs of too much stress include feelings of depression, problems sleeping, headaches, stomachaches, etc.
Start by treating your body right. Make sure to eat healthy foods, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and take time to rest. Additionally, it is important to understand your limits. Don’t try to cram so many activities into one week that you become too anxious. Give yourself a break! Furthermore, try to have a positive outlook on every situation. Also, address your problems instead of constantly thinking and worrying about them. Don’t allow stress to prevent you from living a healthy, happy life.
By: Mikenzi Brasfield