One time I went for a checkup, and the doctor recommended I get at least eight hours of sleep per night. I remember thinking how that wasn’t going to happen, and that I wouldn’t get anything done if I slept that much. Well, as much as I didn’t like to admit it, sleep is important, and something most of us could use more of. I am someone that tends to worry and stress more than I should, so I need to find ways to get rid of, or, at the very least, limit those things in my life. Even though sleep often seems like it’s taking away valuable work time, it actually contributes to our ability to produce quality work, believe it or not.
Taking time to do things we like is also quite helpful when trying to clear our heads a bit. When I am stressed I particularly like to go for walks or listen to music. On the other hand, I have always loved swings. Call me a kid, but if I see a swing set anywhere, I always want to get on it. Unfortunately, when I’m at work and in a stressful situation, I can’t exactly say, “Give me five minutes, I’m going to find some swings.” When that is the case, getting some fresh air, taking deep breaths, praying, and the occasional knock-knock joke are other things I like to turn to. (Here’s an example to use in case it ever comes up: Knock knock. Who’s there? Cows go. Cows go who? No, cows go moo.)
On the note of stress in school, try not to over do things. Take fewer classes, if need be, or don’t commit to so many hours at work. I know in high school we can’t always choose how many classes we have to take, but finding one we like or doing a fun activity after school can be beneficial. Take breaks, too! It is OK to take care of ourselves, we just have to try and balance things as best we can with the help of God. Yes, hard work is a fact of life, but don’t gather so much stress that life becomes miserable. Teachers often like to make it sound like if we don’t turn every single assignment on time, or don’t get an “A” on the next test, our lives are over and done for. Here’s a secret, they’re not, it may just seem like it at the time.
Finding people to talk to or comfortable places for when we’re stressed are also ideas to take into consideration. For me, baseball fields have always been calming places. When I have a few free minutes, I like to find these areas. I did this in high school and continue it now. Baseball diamonds hold happy memories for me, and, depending on the time of day, have free bleachers to sit and think on.
At the end of the day, trusting God will work better than any other advice I could come up with. Thus, trust Him and keep doing it, even if the sky doesn’t automatically clear up, and the mound of homework doesn’t disappear. Our Heavenly Father knows what He is doing, and will do what is best for us. He has it all under control, and things will work out.
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV) “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV) “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
What do you like to do when you’re stressed? Let me know!
Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.