Lesssocializing and partying is evident in the present day school seniorsin comparison to their parents. It is less because the students aredeeply engaged in studies so that they main join college. It isironical that the reports from survey project that the students endup stressed once they get into college. An annual survey carried outindicate that currently, reporting students involve in socialactivities with friends half the time of the students who reported in1987 (Leff, 2015).
Inline with these findings are the experiences of Isabella Galeazi, whoconfesses to be struggling to balance professional and academic lifealongside social life. Her parents keep wondering why sheconcentrates so much on book work. Isabella claims that courseworkhas become more involving, and there is more pressure to work hard inhigh school otherwise one will not join college and eventually endup jobless. It is true because I have realized that our content isengaging with a lot of textbooks to study and undertake homework.Many people have ended up jobless leaving serious study as the onlyoption for current students lest they end up unemployed.
Aconsistence of these results with other trends showing currentstudents have more pressure to perform well in school is evident.Such trends are reduced partying in high school and an increase inthe volumes of applications reaching colleges. The trends haveaffected the emotional health of students with 12% rated belowaverage as opposed to 3.5% in 1985 (Leff, 2015). According to acollege freshman, there is no cause for alarm for parents from thefindings of the survey. Although students may spend less timetogether, they always interact through the various social mediaplatforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, or Twitter or co-curricularactivities.
Inconclusion, stress can be viewed to harm students. There is anincrease in the number of students seeking medication from stressrelated illnesses, for example, headache, depression, anxiety, andinsomnia.
Incontrary to previous findings by psychologist Kelly McGonigal thatstress is disastrous with far reaching implications, it has beenobserved that embracing stress would be good for one’s health. Froma study in 2011, 20,000 Americans were observed to have lost livesfrom leading a stressful life and believing stress harms the body(Teotonio, 2015). Other researchers refuted the claims and revealedthat having a positive mentality about stress changes the experiencesof stress and thus a reduction of the harmful effects of stress. Alot of time was spent by the psychologist informing people about theimpact of stress on the hope that it would be a motivation for themto eliminate stress. The talks did not work and were demoralizing.
Overthe years, science has been teaching us that stress is harmful, butit has been proven that it can harm or be beneficial to people(Teotonio, 2015). For example, stress can be a motivator to theachievement of a particular task. In the long run, the actionsmotivated by stress can result in unsustainable feeling. Contrary tothis, devastating occurrences can be disturbing to go through but, inthe long run, would provide post-traumatic strength.
The danger of stress results from the belief that it is harmful.Because it is not possible to evade stress from our daily lives, wecan only get the best out of it by embracing it. This is achievableby allowing stress to be a catalyst of the strength to handle stressrelated situations. It is possible to embrace stress by viewing theresponse to stress as a source of energy, have a real connection withother people, the conviction that one is not alone in a stressfulevent, and observe stress as an opportunity for growth. Embracingstress influences various parts of the body such as the heart,adrenalin glands, and the senses, to ensure that stress does not harmus.
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