According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 31% of teens said that they felt overwhelmed with stress, 30% said they have felt depressed because of it, and 23% said they have skipped meals due to stress. In addition, 36% of people surveyed said that their stress has left them feeling tired.
The stress of balancing time between work, school, and social activities can sometimes leave us feeling overworked, but there are ways to decrease the amount of stress.
If you have just gotten your job, then don’t take on too many hours at first; it is best to start slow and get a feel for the job and the responsibilities involved. During this time, you can figure out what you would like to be involved in at school. Once you have had the job for a while, you can ease yourself into more work hours. Also, it is always important to plan ahead of time and stay organized.
Ensure that your family is aware of your work and school schedules. Life is much easier when you have your family for support! If you do start to feel overwhelmed, consider talking to your school counselor, teachers, or coaches. They may have advice and time management strategies to help you balance extracurricular and school schedules. LeeAnna Linton, junior, says, “I put my school work and extracurricular activities first because they will get me further in life and I enjoy them more.”
Lastly, always remember that it is okay to say no. If your boss is offering you extra hours and it doesn’t fit into your schedule, it is acceptable to decline. Junior, Rachel Connell, says, “School comes first, so if I have something come up, I always tell my boss about it ahead of time.”
Good luck to students this year in balancing their work, school, and social time. Let’s have a great year!