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Post any advice? - January 27th 2010, 07:03 PM

i'm currently in high school, and, having a lot of honors/ap classes, often feel really (really) stressed out...more so than my other friends who also have a lot of stuff going on with school. when i get really really stressed i tend to procrastinate on things that i can get done if i put my mind to it, and then i end up staying up late to get things done. (i just pulled an all-nighter this past week). i try to concentrate, but i can't and sometimes it's like, i have so much to do that i don't really know where to start, and i end up wasting a lot of time wondering what to do first...

it feels that i'm stressed all the time, though, even during the weekends in addition to the school week. i think it's starting to have physical effects as well...i'm always tired and i've been getting bad headaches lately, not to mention i've had a few minor panic attacks

i don't know if it's chronic stress or anxiety (i'm not trying to self diagnose) or just stress from having a lot on plate but i was wondering if anyone is in the same situation, or has any ideas on how to deal with stress (other than meds)?
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Re: any advice? - January 28th 2010, 12:39 AM

Hey Meg,
Stress can be killer sometimes but we all suffer from it. And procrastination as well. What works for me is to just focus on getting one subject of school work done at a time. I close my laptop and tell myself I can't open that back up until I have done my math homework. Then after doing it, I take a little break but limit myself then go back to homework. Sometimes having a snack or sucking on a lollipop helps me concentrate during my homework. Even though having honors/AP classes can be rewarding in the end, the struggle isn't worth it if it's taking a toll on your body. Maybe drop one honors class and take up an extra-curricular activity. One class can make a huge difference. When I have something to look forward to after school, I tend to get my homework done faster too because I just want to get it done so I can go to the activity. Then the activity relieves some of my stress because I can take my mind of things for a while. Atleast, that's what works for me.
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Re: any advice? - January 30th 2010, 05:42 PM

Well, the first thing i suggest for a later time is not to take more than you can handle. For example those AP/Honors classes are time takers and they will take much of you.

Now onto the current problem. First i suggest you make a reading/studying schedule.
Arrange the subjects in the proper order so that each can get enough time. And in addition to that, setup sometime for you to have personal time, or relaxing time. So in summary organization.

In addition to that, make sure you get enough sleep, enough to eat and enough relaxing time. In addition to that, take it slow, don't be afraid. Just be calm and take things slow.

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