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How can students help educate others about stress and the benefits of practicing mindfulness?

Introduction Video:

Understanding The Science behind Stress: 

Being stressed out is normal for us, especially when we are in a situation where we are under a large amount of pressure. It is how our body copes with the situation which then helps us improve our performance while still remaining under pressure. There are different kind of stress. Day to day stress are much more healthy and easy on the mind. It doesn’t linger on for that long and can often be resolve within that day. For example nerves and stress for a test, first date, or class presentations. These sort of stress can often go away after the task is completed. 

The non day to day stress can unhealthy for the mind. It can linger on for days or weeks and maybe months. That sort of stress can turn into anxiety and lead to other mental health issues like depression and so much more, when left untreated. Stress that last up to months and years can come from high self expectation, high pressure from society and the fear of failure. A lot of things can contribute to the cause of this stress, but the problem remains when the patient neglects the problem and are reluctant to find a solution to de-stress, which can lead to further mental health issues.

Visibility of Stress At School:

Nowadays as teenagers prepare themselves to head out and face the real world that is sadly driven by money. Teenagers are asked to learn how to deal with this crisis while trying to maintain and live their normal teenage life. With norms being added to society, students are faced with challenges and are stressed out about the different ways they can deal with the situation. Coming out for example is becoming something that is much more acceptable in today’s society, but that doesn’t make it any easier for people to do. There’s still the pressure surrounding it and expectations that are attached to these things that are causing our children in this generation to be more stressed out than previous generation. Social media plays a huge role in the increase of our generation’s stress levels. It allows for more exposure to the outside world and pushed expectations and standards towards children at a young age, pressuring them to think, talk and act a certain way to feel accepted. This increases the stress level of our generation because we are constantly placing ourselves out there for the world to see so we are pressured to act, think, talk and walk a certain way, even if that changes who we are.

Mindfulness Activities to De-Stress:

  • Taking a walk, by yourself or with a friend
  • Mediating (with soft music, no lyrics – optional)
  • Listening to music (can lay in bed to do this or go for a walk)
  • Journal your thoughts, write down whatever’s on your mind
  • Paint, use colors that expresses the walk you way right now
  • Go on a nature stroll
  • Write a gratitude letter
  • Do some breathing exercises

Uprep Take on Stress:

Many students at my school have shown frustration, sadness, relief or happiness about the cancellation of the school for the rest of the year. The senior class of 2020 had the most to say about the situation. Many of my fellow senior classmates were upset about not knowing that their last day of school had already past. Some are confused and are worried about graduation, while others are glad that school is cancelled, saying that it is for the best and is the safest for everyone. I was able to interview my boyfriend Zachary Leid right before the closure of our school was announced. He spoke about the raise in stress levels from students as teachers and students are rushed into online courses without a lot of prior training, along with course work overload for students. As a senior himself, he did speak about some remorse surrounding senior year and how he wishes that he was able to spend more time with people he loves and care about. I was also able to speak with other seniors and much like Zach, they all mentioned the sadness and regrets they have regarding their senior year. To deal with this, senior parents, along with a few seniors decided to surprise other seniors by driving too all of the other senior’s houses and placing a nice and big class of 2024 sign in front of their house. 

“We are stronger together”

Uprep Seniors C/O 2020

Feedback:

Please provide me with feedback with things you like about this website and the things that I can do or change to make this website better 🙂

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtwrlxQ3xnEacXpky-Nt1ojPDhkjq1hBQsbPcrH4WA4pMfTQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Resources that you may find helpful:

https://afsp.org/

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

Citation:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xu4ntySzqmXCx3fREjGeaNFjQYqzYF4TU011f-QPGVE/edit?usp=sharing

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COMMENTS: 7
  1. April 23, 2020 by Leah Griffin

    Sam,
    Thanks for putting together these resources. Those are great ideas for lowering stress levels for anyone. You’ve inspired me to go on a walk right now!

  2. April 23, 2020 by Moses Rifkin

    Thank you for taking up this important topic, Samnang. It’s always important, and all the more critical now as we navigate the additional stressors of quarantine.

    I was particularly struck by the age breakdown graph you showed. Wow. Can’t wait to become a “mature”.

  3. April 23, 2020 by Avery

    Hi Samnang!

    These are such great resources to help de-stress! I will definitely try some of these out the next time I am feeling overwhelmed! The graphs that you included were also very surprising…I really did not expect some of those numbers to be as high as they were. Thank you for shedding light on such an important topic!

  4. April 24, 2020 by Richard

    Sam, nice work with this presentation. These are great strategies that I have noticed adults practicing more now as well. Taking a walk outside is my key activity, for sure. I appreciate your surveys and graphs. Very nice.

  5. April 26, 2020 by Yifei Qin

    Hi Sam,
    I think the resources you brought in and the strategies to de-stress are very helpful and inspiring. I believe more attention to stress and pressure for high school students is needed. A suggestion I have about your page is probably the format. I believe the format can be improved by aligning the images in the middle and consider adding in a video about ways to de-stress to keep the audiences more engaged!

  6. April 27, 2020 by Sarah

    Hi Sam! I think you created a really great project here. Your personal experience and insight into your schools handle on the topic gives a good starting put for other students to understand how there needs to be more focus on stress in high schools. I also think some of the tips you gave are great and will certainly try to implement some of these into my life!

  7. April 28, 2020 by Caroline

    Hi Sam! This presentation is super helpful, especially in these uncertain times. Stress is something a lot of people deal with, but not a lot of people are successful in de-stressing. You provided lots of helpful things to do! Awesome presentation!

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