Molly May, Assistant Editor in Chief

     “Don’t stress the could haves, if it should have, it would have.  Stop focusing on how stressed you are and focus on how truly blessed you are,” said junior Amanda White.  

     Going into the new year creates changes for many people.  A lot of people choose New Year’s resolutions based on their life and changes that they want to make.

     Life at times can be filled with hectic and stressful situations.  It’s hard to learn how to not be stressed out.  Stress is an emotional strain and is caused by things that people do and how they react to them.

     The life of a teenager can be difficult and overwhelming.  Overcoming stress can be done by being positive.  That means less complaining and more doing. As much as we don’t want to go to work or go to school, it is something that we have to do.  Understanding that you are not alone and that you always have someone to talk to or help you with anything can also help.

     Another way to destress is to simplify daily schedules.  Having a busy schedule can cause anxiety.  You’re constantly always doing something, which gives yourself no room to breathe.  As much as it looks good to be in multiple clubs, sports, etc., you cannot do too much then you can handle.

     Activities that you enjoy can relieve stress completely.  Doing something that you have passion for will take your mind away from every problem that you may be facing in life at that moment.  If you can follow your dreams and heart you will live a happy and successful life.

     Music is a way that teens or anyone in general can relax.  There are songs that can be mood changers or fit a scenario perfectly.  On rough days, if you listen to happy music or songs from an artist that you like then you are likely to get in a better mood.

     Relieving stress is different for everyone, and cleaning can help stress at times.  Sometimes you just need to clean your room, car, etc., and have time to clear your mind.  

     After a long day at school or work, you may need tubby time.   As soon as you return home, start filling up your bathtub with warm water and take a nice bubble bath.  Using a face mask will help your skin after you stress along with setting a more relaxed mood.  

     Scents always have an effect on people.  Eucalyptus and lavender scents will help to calm you down and keep you relaxed.  If you can burn oils or a candle, you may find yourself feeling less tense.

     Sleep, sleep and sleep.  As busy as people can be, it can be hard for you to find time to sleep.  Maybe you have a lot of homework to do or want to watch Netflix.  Either way, your body needs to rest and getting sleep will help.

    Hanging out with friends guides your thoughts in a different direction.  You become more positive and less negative.  “My friends always know how to make me feel better,” said Olivia Douglass.  Your friends are the ones that can talk you through anything yet still have a good time.

    Many people after a long day or maybe after just receiving their paycheck say treat yourself and buy themselves something.  Sometimes you just have to get yourself something that you deserve or something that can change your world in a better way.

     If you’re stressing out, you’re not alone.  Find what helps you to destress and give  better and healthier life.  Never be scared to ask someone for help or to guide you in the right direction.