The Stress is Real

I remember being a freshman in high school. I chose not to sign up for AP classes that year because I wasn’t too sure how much stress high school would give me. After all, the only thing my middle school teachers would talk about is how they were preparing me for the amount of work I would be receiving in high school.

The stress is real. (photo by bottled_void)

The stress is real. (photo by bottled_void)

During that time, my cousin was starting her freshman year in college. I confided to her my interest in acquiring a degree in Early Childhood Education a few years down the road – and she began to tell me about how her college professor for accounting proclaimed that Accounting was one of the hardest majors to follow, and Education in general – was one of the easiest.

I believe it – after all, more heart than brains goes into education. Or should, anyway.

With all of that being said, my freshman year of high school was a breeze – and I had regretted not taking an AP class. Then I started taking them, and I realized that I was bound to be stressed. I didn’t mind though, simply because I knew the money I could save in college was more important to me than my sleep activity or stress levels in my high school years.

It’s actually been reported by psychologist Robert Leahy that, as quoted by Slate:

“The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.”

Fakeflaws, via tumblr, posted that:

“The average high school student has the same levels of anxiety as people put in mental hospitals in the 1950s.

Over 25% of my year group has self harmed recently.

Some of my best friends at school cry themselves to sleepbecause of the pressure of school.

I’ve talked to people considering suicide and having mental breakdowns because of all the work they have to do and the high expectations.

So don’t you dare tell me that there is nothing wrong with our education system.”

Now, how much of that post above is true is beyond me, beyond substantial evidence (hey, it’s a microblogging platform after all) – but I do believe that we are as stressed as we have ever been before.

Granted, it’s not just students. It’s our American society as a whole. But even still, that doesn’t negate the fact that the anxiety levels are rising and more and more people – specifically young people, with the pressures of a college degree and a future – are cracking under the pressure.

But what’s the best way to change all of that around? Especially when the stress is due to a bigger picture, not individualistic matters? I suppose the only thing you can do is look at it from an individualistic perspective. Breathe, take your time, and do what you have to do to make yourself happy.

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