By Haliegh Lewis
Most -if not all- students have some sort of stressful situation, whether it be too much responsibility or an upcoming event. I see it every day, though some people are better at hiding it than others. Personally, I get stressed out easily and it causes a lot of problems for me. Like hypertension headaches, headaches caused by high blood pressure.
A recent study took place on February 21, 2018, where students, health scientists, and psychiatrical evaluators asked the same four questions to 35, 878 students, 1.) How often are you stressed? 2.) What stresses you out the most? 3.) What are you most likely to do when you’re stressed? 4.) What resources do you use to help?
1.) 45.88% of teens said that they are stressed all the time compared to the little amount of 12.18% who are stressed rarely, and the 6.3% who are never stressed. 2.) Relationships (27.22%) and the teachers (24.55%) were the most popular answer to “What stresses you out the most?” followed by parents (13.46%), school (9.47%), and friends (4.21%). 3.) Most teens seek to cope with stress by talking to friends (22.43%), while the fewest turn to drugs or drinking (10.79%). Nearly twice as many teens responded that they are likely to turn to eat to cope with stress (19.65%) than turn to drugs or alcohol (10.79%). Over one-third of teens (34.53%) responded that they do “nothing” to try to manage their stress. 4.) Only 2.54% of teens said they use school resources to help them manage stress.
Principal Jonathan Frecceri M.A., LMFT stressed the importance of involving teens on the efforts to prevent suicides caused by stress and help these teenagers better manage their mental health.
“We need to bring the students into the mix. It’s their voice. They really have the most power to change these cultural norms around mental health and suicide.”
Principal Jonathan Frecceri
Obviously, stress can affect your body, thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Recognizing them can give you a jump on managing them correctly.
Body: headaches/migraines muscle tension or pain chest pain fatigue upset stomach sleeping issues
Thoughts and Feelings: anxiety restlessness lack of motivation or focus feeling overwhelmed sadness or depression
Behavior: over/undereating angry outbursts drug and/or alcohol abuse. social withdrawal exercising less often
Some students have answered the same four questions when I asked and answered differently. Emilly Patience (Freshman): 1.) How often do you get stressed? Rarely. I will get a little overwhelmed but not like stressed you know. 2.) What Stresses you out the most? Chaos, like if there is too much noise in the room or I have too much work to do before class. 3.) What are you most likely to do when you’re stressed? I just try to breathe and let myself cool down before I do something crazy, or if its too much I will go into my room and literally have a scream therapy session. 4.) What resources do you use to help? I like to listen to music. Specifically modern blues or a type of smooth pop like ballads. Yep, the world sucks.
Anonymous (Freshman): 1.) How often do you get stressed? Honestly it really depends on the day and what has been going on with family, friends, and school. You know? 2.) What stresses you out the most? Most of the time its my parents, especially my mom. But, school related its having all kinds of assignment from different teachers and how they exoect so much. 3.) What are you most likely to do when you’re stressed? I don’t do anything, i just push it all aside. 4.) What recources do you use to help?
Sophia Jaquez (Junior): 1.) How often do you get stressed? I would say a lot of the time, but not 24/7. 2.) What stresses you out the most? Probably just trying to get all my assignments turned in and handling a job, so like time management really stresses me out. 3.) What are you most likely to do when you’re stressed? I usually eat. Like, I will eat a lot of junk food and fast food. 4.) What recources do you use to help? I try to get enough sleep, because I feel I would be more stressed out if I didn’t. I also put on music when I do my homework.