Dear XYZ, What should I do about stress?

Dear XYZ,

What should I do about stress?


X says: “Stress is a common issue amongst many students. I find that the easiest way to control stress is to slow down; pace yourself, then do what you have to do to get things done. Don’t leave important things for the last minute because that causes more stress. Also, find an activity or a place that makes you feel calm. For some people, reading helps. Do something fun that helps you feel better.”

Y says: “Lots of people in high school deal with stress. Doing your homework, keeping your grades up, maintaining a social life, and just going through the daily tasks of being a teenager can be exhausting, and lead to a lot of stress. My advice on dealing with this is to try to organize what you have to do throughout the day and make a daily routine. Also, know that sometimes it is okay to take a break. Step back for a little while and do something that relaxes you–whether it’s listening to music or taking a walk. Doing this can help release the stress that is building up inside you.”

Z says: “Controlling stress isn’t the easiest thing to do. When you feel like you’re under a lot of pressure and may not be able to manage it, take a deep breath and take it slow. Create a list of priorities that will help keep you organized, and follow it.”