How to Use Stress to Your Advantage
By: Olivia Kavadias
Everyone knows the feeling of being stressed out. Homework, extracurriculars, exams… how do you balance it all, still have time to do what you want to do, and not be overly stressed about it all. Glenelg Freshman, Stephanie Farace, believes, “there is too much stress in school,” and it prevents students from doing things. Even though stress is seen as an enemy, it can be used to your advantage and actually help you. First, understand what stress actually is.
Stress is a strategy for your body when you are in a “fight or flight” situation. It is meant to help you but too much can be harmful to your body- mentally and physically. Here are some ways to lower stress and use it as a good source of energy.
Change Your Perspective
Instead of seeing stress as something that drains you, see it as something that motivates you and helps you in anxious situations. Changing how you see stress can actually reduce or increase the amount of stress, and if you view it as positive, you could become more productive as well as less stressed overall.
Know What You Are Stressing Over
When you know the cause of your stress, you can control it better. Camille Sirenne, a Glenelg Junior, says, “most [of her stress] comes from school, family, and stressing over stress.” Once you know what you are stressing about, think about why it is making you stressed, and then find ways to use it for good.
Turn It Into Energy
For many high schoolers, stress takes away energy, making way for laziness, procrastination, and sleeping as strategies to compete against it. But instead of sleeping and putting off work, use it to do the opposite. After you change your view on stress as positive and helpful, stress will actually make you more productive. Think of it as a graph, stress is on the bottom and productivity is on the y-axis. The graph is bell curve; stress is useful and increases productivity when it is at its peak, but if you have too much or too little stress, it isn’t helpful.
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