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Stressed Out

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“You have to do your homework. If you don’t, you’ll fail all your classes and have to stay back. If you can’t get your act together, and if you don’t do extracurriculars, you won’t get into a good college. But if you don’t get into a good college, no one will hire you and you’ll never get a good job. You’ll never be financially stable, and you’ll have to rent an apartment for the rest of your life, if that. But, to keep it all in check, you have to keep up with your personal life too, unless you want to be sad and lonely your whole life. Good luck!” Feel that oncoming breakdown? Yeah. Me too. It seems that this is all that young adults today are hearing, and the stress is cracking down. Personally, it’s been weighing on me more than usual lately. My situation is probably worse than most people, but when your family is split up among three different residences because of an eviction, it tends to make you think. That’s why I think it’s incredibly important that people know that there are others out there, and that there are definite ways to cope with the stress.

My personal favorite for coping with stress is actually procrastination, but believe me, it doesn’t make it go away. It’s nice while it lasts, but my bad habit was the center of an incredible amount of anxiety and stress for me. If that’s something you struggle with, a good way to help is to make a list of things you need to do, or formulate some kind of schedule. If you’re one of those unlucky folks still in school (like me) then you probably have less time to do more. Figure out what homework needs to be done, if any, and dedicate a certain amount of time to getting that done. A seventy is still better than a zero. Make sure that you plan around your extracurriculars, and don’t forget to include the time you need to keep yourself more or less sane, whether that be spending time with others or spending time with yourself.

Another good way to help with the stress is to have someone share the burden. Now, that doesn’t mean you should dump your responsibilities on someone else, because that’s just not very nice. You should find someone that you can talk with, and generally this person should be someone who isn’t very judgemental. Somebody who’s willing to listen with an open mind, and preferably not someone who likes to play Devil’s Advocate. It doesn’t have to be one person, though; you can talk to as many people as you like.

Make sure you try to look as the positive side. If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you that I’m an optimist, but I can tell you right now that I didn’t start out that way. I used to look at life as a glass half empty, but that’s not a very pleasant way to live. Over a period of time, I made myself look at things in a positive light, because I knew that a bad attitude gets nothing done. Since I made that change, I’ve felt less stressed out, and it’s been easier to focus on what’s important.

These are just suggestions, of course. They’ve worked for me, though, so I thought they were worth sharing. If you find something that works better, then great! Just remember, it’s not healthy to keep things bottled up and not do anything about them. Always remember to eat, remember to drink plenty of water, and remember to sleep.

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