This week brings the end of the 3rd quarter for Chicago Public Schools, and many are feeling that spring-time drag. Seniors may be about to succumb to senioritis, and all teens are surely feeling the pressure of second semester deadlines. As National Stress Awareness Month progresses, here are some tips to manage stress and stay on top of your game!
First, keep track of your responsibilities. Using Notion, Google Calendar, or another analog or physical planner can help you make sure a deadline or due date doesn’t pass you by. Entering assignments or tests as soon as you get word of them, and preparing study plans appropriately are strong time management skills that will benefit you in the long run as well as make sure you don’t forget any deadlines!
Next, make sure you’re balancing work with play. It’s good to stay on top of work and school assignments, but all of that is no use if you’re burnt out and exhausted. Try starting with 10 minutes each day solely dedicated to an activity that brings you joy or rest. Whether this is a quick meditation, a walk outside with a pet, or stretch routine and workout medley, take some time for yourself this last quarter.
Third, make sure you’re eating well. A simple recipe can go a long way for your mental health, and keeps your health in check! Smoothie acaį bowls are very popular on TikTok right now, and a quick baking recipe can be stress relieving and fun to do! Look out for a beginners recipe roundup coming soon to the blog as well!
Lastly, make sure your support network is tight. Your friends, family, teachers and mentors are the right people to lean on in moments of stress, particularly when you need to vent. By establishing close relationships in which you can lean on somebody in your circle, you know people will have your back no matter what. Stay safe, and remember that you are capable of committing to your best!
By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School