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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important for a student; however, the majority of students have abnormally high-stress levels.

These past years, students’ stress levels have drastically increased, leading people to believe school is causing this stress. However, the research does not said that school is definitely the cause.

The other day I was talking to an anonymous student in grade 10. This student said “I’m stressed, I haven’t been getting any sleep. Last night I went to bed at 5:00 am doing homework.” That shocked me. I believe students should get a lot of sleep because it might affect their body’s growth. Students going to sleep so late worries me that they don’t know how to manage their time. I believe everyone should have the time to get home, take a nap, and relax. But you also need to fit in the time to do your homework. 

Multiple other students have complained to me about school causing them stress. I asked them if they knew of ways to reduce their stress levels. All of the students I asked said that the one of the main reasons behind them feeling this way is because teachers’ tend to give most assignments simultaneously, causing the work to pile up and stress the students out.

A tip to help with that is to set a time limit for each task you need to do. You should also have a checklist with all the things you need to do that day, so you don’t forget and remember at night when you are trying to go to sleep.

Since stress is a very common problem all around the world, I’m gonna give you some tips on how to manage stress;

Many students might think that drinking caffeine will help them be more focused and not be as tired at school. It doesn’t, You should actually avoid caffeine as much as you can, as well as nicotine and alcohol. These are all things that will increase your stress level rather than decrease it.

Another way to reduce stress in your body is to do physical activity like going for a walk. It is used to surrogate the stress hormones in your body and help you relax. Doing physical activity will also help a lot with your sleep.

Lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. If you don’t drink caffeine and you are physically active, chances are you will be in a calmer state before going to sleep. Make sure you’re not doing anything that requires a lot of attention late into the night such as homework, so you can give your brain a while to shut down before going to sleep. 

If every student that feels stressed did these things on a daily basis, it would allow us to make the most out of this amazing school, and we should do everything in our power to make sure we can maintain a healthy learning environment.