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Student stress and how to cope

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High school students have a lot to deal with.

From AP and college classes, sports and extra-curricular activities, and after-school jobs, it’s hard to imagine having time for anything more. On top of that, seniors have the added job of touring, applying, and deciding on a college, all while keeping up with their senior year grades.

With all of those fantastic activities comes a good amount of stress… a word we tend to hear way too often.

A study observed and questioned students at several high schools and found that about half of them are chronically stressed, a fact that is not all that surprising. The extra experiences many students are so privileged to have, like the opportunity to take advanced classes, sports, and other activities, can cause kids to burn out by the time they get to college.

A number of those students will continue to experience the physical and psychological effects throughout adulthood as well.

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Researchers in the same study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, found that 49 percent of students at two high schools reported feeling “a great deal of stress” on a day-to-day basis. Half of those students reported doing three or more hours of homework per night. 26% of students added that they had been diagnosed with depression. That’s 6% higher than the current national average.

What’s the trick to dealing with all this stress? There hasn’t been one right answer, as different people tend to have different coping mechanisms. it’s important to know your own mind and body and find out how you best deal with high-pressure situations.

It’s clear that majority of students today are feeling some form of stress. The best thing to do is to take it one day at a time and remember that everyone else is struggling right there with you.

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