Is your role as a student too demanding to the point in which you do not know how to cope with the stress? Is it because of the high expectations adolescence brings, the changes going through your body, the high-stress the school environment brings, or the low self-esteem, which lead you to substance abuse? Do you have a term paper due that you haven't started on yet, feel like you can't accomplish much in life, lack energy, need a break or feel like you need some space when the times are tough? Well, a person's role as a student can be very stressful, and too much stress leads to emotional imbalance and even depression. Here are some strategies and tips to follow to help you avoid depression.
Prioritize. To minimize stress, the best thing to do is prioritize all activities. Don't try to do everything at once. Set schedules for yourself each day, doing the most important things first. Sometimes doing things through the course of which they occur leads to more problems and stress and even depression. Extra-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, and music, may be overwhelming. Allow yourself more time to do schoolwork and rest by cutting back on some activities. Don't commit yourselves to things that you feel you may not have time for because it only builds up stress, such as attending a party your friend invited you to when you know you have a really big project to work on that's due the next day. Do you go to the party to be with the in-crowd or do you turn your friend down and stay home and work on the project? Well, I say stay home and work on the project because you know that there are going to be so many more parties you will be able to attend throughout your lifetime. As for now, your education is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your all time favorite show, One Tree Hill is going to be on tonight. When you get home from school, do you talk to all your friends or go online and surf the net or do you do your homework? From...
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