Athletes have practices, games, workouts, and team events seemingly constantly. When you ask someone what they “do,” a huge part of many identities is sports.
Students have tests, homework, meetings with teachers, and classes seemingly constantly. When you ask someone what they “do,” a huge part of many identities is academics.
So what happens when someone does both? This is reality for many, daresay most, high school students. Many high schools require athletic participation on top of rigorous academics. Athletics are a wonderful method of teaching life skills to teenagers and academics teach those same teenagers how the world they live in functions. The workload these two responsibilities place on students is bearable, but very tough. So how do busy students not only make time for all their sports work and schoolwork, but time for mental health, relaxation, and a social life? With a few simple methods, that task can become measurably less difficult.
Hi! My name is Lachen Reid and I am a student-athlete. I play hockey for my school in Minnesota. I found that so many of my friends were struggling to find time for themselves and their friends with so much homework and time devoted to their sport. Through my work in my Positive Psychology class, I have found so many methods that can help students manage their stress level, workload, and be happier with their lives. I have created a printable guide full of helpful activities, practices, and motivation students can keep in their backpack, their folder, or put on a bulletin board.
How to use the printable guide:
What is most important to you? Fill in 5 things you value most. Maybe your answers include sports performance, good grades, mental health, happiness, friends, family, religion, or literally anything else in your life!
Seven helpful steps: These are seven pieces of advice I researched online and tried on myself and my own routine. They are simple, but I promise, they do work!
These tips have really helped me out manage my workload and maintain both a healthy body and mind. My friend above, Michael, tried out a couple tactics for me and he said “I was very satisfied with the results of these practices. I think they really benefitted me in a lot of ways.” Thank you for checking out my project! Apply them to your life and let me know how you like them!