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Hey Awoken Magazine!

I am so so stressed over High School. It's already been two months in, and I feel like I'm drowning in course work! Between my honors classes, I have soccer and piano! Do you have any tips on how to relax? I'm just a freshman, and I'm already feeling the heat! :(

- Stressed&depressed

Dear Stressed&depressed,
Do you ever feel as if the days are just the same exhausting thing over and over? I'm a high school freshman as well, and like you I’m feeling the heat already. I’m juggling two AP classes even more honors classes and plenty of clubs and community activities. I think all the time about how high schoolers supposedly have “nothing to stress about”, how their life should be perfect like in High School Musical (don't those kids ever get homework?) but you and I know that is far from the truth.

I think some of the most useful advice I have been given about high school is to make time for what makes you happy. Get all of the important projects and studying out of the way, and do something you love. For me, I love to read. When I immerse myself in a book, I’m in a new world where people have bigger problems than I do. I also love to binge-watch Netflix shows on a Friday night, and it can be very therapeutic. Sometimes we just need to take some time for ourselves in the midst of our chaotic lives. Sitting down and watching a few episodes of something is giving you time to recharge and do something for yourself. That doesn’t mean blow everything off and procrastinate, but just remember that your well being is much more important than that project due in two weeks (Not to say you shouldn't do it!!!) Make sure you set aside a specific time each day to do your homework, and at least an hour each day to rest. I find making a schedule of all your activities really helps with time management.

Although the weight of college applications, GPA, tests, homework, and little sleep can start to get to you, make sure that you don’t burn yourself out. Think about what your favorite thing to do is, and make it a regular thing in your life. High school is exhausting, and I’ve only been in it for a couple of weeks. Make sure you keep yourself happy and healthy during some of the most important years of your life!




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