Being a student can be extremely stressful whether you are in middle school, high school or college. There is so much pressure to be a good student and achieve good marks while also trying to make friends, succeed in extracurricular activities, have a job to make money and somehow find time in there to sleep. I have seen so many of my friends struggle with anxiety when they are facing so much pressure from either themselves or their families. There has to be some way to feel better, but where do you even begin?
Think back to when you were just a kid, long before you even knew what the word anxiety meant. Remember all of the silly things you did that were an absolute blast and made you feel fantastic? Go back to that! Seriously, who is stopping you from acting like a kid again other than yourself? Have a snowball fight (especially if you live in Minnesota like I do), buy a couple of coloring books and a box of crayons and color outside the lines, build a fort out of blankets or boxes, log roll down a really big hill, prank call someone or make up your own code language. I’ve done just about all of these over the past few years and nothing makes you feel better.
Kids are often seen as the ones who have so much to learn, but it seems that we can learn just as much from them. If they have the key to happiness and avoiding anxiety, perhaps we should take their lead. Now, if you will excuse me I think I’m going to make a Lego village.
By: Christine Skopec