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Combating Stress: Advice from Students

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By: Marissa Miczek

I conducted a small survey to see what advice students have to offer for school. The clear origin of stress came from classes which I believe many students can relate to. Unfortunately, while stress is evident in life it can be minimized, or maximized in a positive way! Before beginning I want to highlight that stress can come from beyond school whether it’s anxiety to perform well in academics, relationships, or body image issues. It’s important to address these issues and I encourage you to look into this, take up some advice, talk to someone, and live life happier!

While our Garnet Valley students gave great advice you can also find countless articles online! Here are some articles I found useful while researching:

Freshmen advice:

“Take a break and toss ur phone in the garbage till u finish ur work ?”

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Sophomore advice:

“Breathe. It always feels worse in the moment” 


“Make sure you are organized, don’t procrastinate, take breaks, and don’t overwhelm yourself with classes in the first place when you know you can’t do them” ?

Junior advice:

“Don’t procrastinate like I do. It helps a lot.” 


“focus on the little stuff that makes you happy and when you feel stressed out do something you love. try and balance your time as much as you can between classes and clubs and start with the hard stuff first”


“Break up giant tasks into smaller manageable portions, delegate work, say no to anything you cannot fit on your plate, finally work on commutes (especially when you have extracurriculars), rest!!”


Activities to RELAX:

  • Watch TV (especially Netflix)
  • Listen to music
  • Read
  • Scroll
  • Exercise
  • Play video games
  • Crocheting

To conclude, I want to reiterate that minimizing chronic stress in daily life is crucial for your overall health. There are countless resources and practices you can do to relieve stress, many proven by science! Consider getting physical activity, eating a balanced diet, taking a step back from electronics, journaling, spending time outside and being more mindful, or spending time with family, friends, or a pet! While sometimes resting is better said than done with looming deadlines, learn to work productively to your best possibility. Most of all recognize that saying “no” is sometimes okay but you should avoid procrastination. With all this being said, enter the second Quarter with a smile, a plan, and a lot of optimism. Best of luck!


What are the students most excited about?

?Homecoming Football Game – 16.7%

?Homecoming Dance – 16.7%

?Halloween – 83.3%

?End of Quarter 1 – 16.7%?Fall Musical “Grease” – 16.7%

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