As far as I remember, nobody came out with studies about our stress levels. We were told to get over it and get it done. Yeah, I know, we also walked to school barefoot in 2 feet of snow, uphill......... :)
And you thought YOU were stressed out. Today’s high school students are under major pressure- they’re expected to get good grades, participate in extracurricular activities and build impressive resumes to get them into top colleges. But between advanced placement classes, sports, volunteering and after-school jobs, many kids are feeling the strain. At high schools across the country, officials are noting a rise in stress, panic and anxiety, which experts say has been made worse by the recent spate of school shootings. Some schools are taking unique measures to lessen stress among students and teach them better ways to cope. At a school in Maine, students enjoy massage therapy and learn relaxation techniques in dedicated “wellness rooms.” Another school, in Chicago, brings in therapy dogs to help kids blow off steam. At high schools from California to Massachusetts, they’re teaching students yoga, giving them breaks between classes and enforcing no-homework nights. Too bad adult jobs don’t have perks like this!
Were you stressed when you were in high school? What stressed you out? Would you have benefited from these stress-relieving techniques? Do you think kids these days are under too much pressure? Or do you think these kids are being coddled?