Middle school and high school is a time where homework and responsibilities often increase.

Sharafenna Williams

Foothill High School student, age 17

As we get older, time management gets more and more crucial to our health. When you were in elementary school the only time management you had to set up was probably when to eat your afternoon snack, when to take your nap, and when to finish coloring. Speaking on behalf of the average teen, responsibilities increase as years go by.

A decade later, it’s almost guaranteed that the activities mentioned above aren’t really on your radar. Now you’re balancing more important stuff. At this time in your life, you have so much to do and not that much time to get it done.

Time is being split between doing things that you have to do in order to be successful beyond high school and trying to squeeze in the activities that you actually enjoy participating in. It’s a sad fact that not a lot of teenagers actually know how to manage their time properly. On a negative note, I know not only from experience but from what is said by other teenagers that it’s really easy to fall under the possession of stress.

Once you start getting stressed, it becomes very hard to break free of it. You start dwelling on all the things on your to-do-list and it just becomes overwhelming for anyone, particularly teenagers.

Becoming stressed is never intentional. It can be avoided. You have to remember why you are doing what you are doing. Most likely your reason is because you want to graduate and you can’t do that with poor grades. Everybody has their own reasons and their own to-do-list.

Another way you can avoid stress is to find out what makes you truly happy, what gives you joy and what makes the long list of responsibilities manageable or even worth it. “I deal with stress by listening to music.” said Uriah McClendon, a Foothill High school student.

Life is not all about work. It is okay to have fun, and honestly if you want to stay mentally and physically healthy you should have fun, even if that means procrastinating just a little bit. Try and keep in mind that balance is the key to a less stressful life.

For more information on how to maintain a healthy, stress-free life, you can go here.