It is often said, by adults, that their teenage years were of the most stressful times of their life, and it is rarely recognized . That goes to show how stress is often suffered in silence. Stress is a bodily or mental tension towards any positive, but mainly negative, situation or experience that may result in many different possibilities from depression to substance abuse . Overall, for a number of reasons, school could potentially prevent you of having a balanced life.
People assume that only students recognized the stress and many people think that its the student being soft but there are many other people, other than students, who share the same point of view of the stress brought by school.
The co-author of The Case Against Homework, Sarah Bennett, interviewed Paul Richards, a high school principal from Needham, Massachusetts. 
“Is stress really a problem for high school students?”
“The effects are individualized. For some kids, it can be academic stress–too many AP classes, too much homework, too much competition. For others, it can be the over scheduling afterschool–homework competing with piano lessons or sports or community service. For some kids, it’s social stress.”
There are many factors that bring stress to students, some which are obvious and some which are discreet.
Before we get deeper into the topic, try this quiz to see if you are stressed or not.
The biggest and most well known factor is academics. 32% of students that were interviewed said that schoolwork issues, which includes juggling deadlines, getting good grades, meeting the expectations of both your parents and your teachers, and passing standardized tests, stressed them out the most. While teachers keep piling work on top of work, it can get really overwhelming. With all the stress brought on by the loads of work, it can easily cause a student to drastically change their work habits.
The next factor, which is 30%, is the social aspect of school. This includes, friends, relationships, relationship with the teachers, and life at home. As we begin high school, we want to feel belonged or recognized. Popularity is in correlation of how fun you are. The cooler you are, most likely, the more popular you are. Students succumb to the peer pressure that will make you “cool” which could bruise the relationships you have with other friends, teachers, or even parents. Not only do we make new friends, but we seek romantic relationships. Without having any experience in romance beforehand, relationships in school tend to be brittle, due to the fact that balancing work and having time with your significant other, along with other aspects, it often leaves students feel blamed-which leads to stress.
Even though there are many positive aspects to being involved in an extracurricular activity, there is a stress aspect that comes with it. A study has found that children who take part in more than 17 hours of extracurricular activities a week could be harming their educational prospects [ 4].By having so much going on, they will have trouble keeping up with everything.
At 0:52 of the video, it states, “Many said that they do activities and sport not for fun, but because it looks better on their student resumes.”
This means that they are involved in activities to make up for theirs marks. If the students aren’t able to keep up with the activites, it will only lead to more stress.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A couple nights ago, I was watching Modern Family and I came across this scene ( see above) . This really got me thinking. At Macnab, school is from 8:25-2:30 – which is about 6 hours of school. Most of us are involved in some sort of extra curricular activity, such as soccer or basketball, as encouraged by the school. Usually, a practice or game would take about 2 hours to complete, which ends usually about 5:30. On some nights, basketball games don’t start until later. As humans, we must eat, shower, interact with people in order to survive and stay sane.  Lets say that takes 2 hours at least. That takes us to 7:30. With 4 classes, we spend an hour at least working on homework or studying. By the time we are finished our school work, we end up at 11:30. For some students, they work at a part time job for 4 or 5 hours or they play a rep sport or have an outside class for 2-3 hours. In order to have a healthy body and mind, it‘s recommended that you get 9 hours of sleep . If we add up everything, it would take a minimum of 23 hours, which leaves us an hour to be ourselves and indulge in our hobbies. It is cited by many people that our teenage years should be the easiest, yet from my experience it has not been so far.
SO WHATS THE BIG DEAL?
There are many terrible side effects of stress that affect your mental and your physical state. Here are the most common effects of stress. 
Common effects of stress …
|… On your body||… On your mood||… On your behavior|
In the worst case scenario, depression could lead to suicidal tendencies.In Newton there have been three suicides in less than four months among the high school kids.
WAYS YOU CAN DEAL WITH STRESS
To summarize the video, you can relieve stress both indoors and outdoors by following these tips.
- Stay in and recuperate
- Do repetitive daily chores such as dish cleaning
- Good hygiene
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Go outside
- See a friend
- Stimulate your senses
Many students are suffering in silence from all the stress brought by school whether it be from homework, to a team sport, or even not being able to keep a relationship. It is a more complicated issue than it sounds. I believe that it is necessary for the schools to take the time to recognize the stress they bring and should deal with it in anyway for the students sake.
What are some ways you deal with stress?
Do you think that all this stress is the schools fault? or the students fault?
And for my curiosity, heres a poll that I created:
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