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Look Out: It’s Fourth Quarter Stress!

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As this school year comes to a close, the stress levels seem to be increasing. With impending finals and the seniors thoughts of college, the students seem to be in a frenzy. Some students, while taking time to study, are also trying to fit in a social life which is proving harder than it seems. Want to go to that end of the year party? It’s scheduled the night before your math test. It’s times like this where students are trying to balance their lives, while maintaining their grades at an acceptable level.

Everyone has different levels of stress, but the key thing to realize is that stress can be controlled. Are you worrying about finals? Go see your teacher for help and instead of watching your favorite show on Netflix, dedicate that time to studying. Is your past/future stressing you out? Take a deep breath and realize you’re okay. What happened can’t be changed, and the future isn’t here yet so when the time comes to face your battles, you’ll be ready.

How can you de-stress?  You could eat dark chocolate or focus on your breathing — clearing your mind is key to helping calm your stress. Also, don’t just sit around and worry, exercise is the best thing to help relieve stress. Go for a walk in your neighborhood and a run in the park. When asked about how she relieves stress, “I eat chocolate which actually helps,” says Grace Simmons (‘18). But some people have other ways, “I play the piano to relax,” says Carter Vaughan (‘18).

In the end, we all realize we have stress and that it’s a natural thing to get stressed out sometimes. As long as you have ways to relax and remember that you won’t be stressed forever, you’ll be fine. Don’t let fourth quarter stress drag you down!

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