How to Reduce Stress at the End of the School Year


Samantha Nunez, In Our Town/ In Our School Editor

As we head into the final weeks of school, students often find themselves stressing out over completing work on time and balancing their personal life with school. Constantly stressing out can lead to Senioritis, which is a lack of motivation felt by students who are reaching/in their senior year of high school. Although feeling stressed out can be difficult for many students who do not know how to manage this, there are ways to reduce stress. Here are a few tips to help you get through these last weeks of school!



It’s okay to take a break once in a while. Taking a break can help you get back on track and make you feel motivated when you are having trouble staying focused. Going on walks, listening to music (without procrastinating), and resting your eyes are some of the few ways to help you. Not taking breaks can lead to feeling “burned out,” headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, etc. 


Screen time 

Try not to use your phone a lot. Students tend to use their phones during completing homework and can be distracting. Using your phone for too long can cause you to procrastinate. Try to put down the phone and push past this. That way, you are not stuck with loads of work.


Getting enough sleep

Students from ages 13-18 should be getting 8-10 hours of sleep per day. Some students get less sleep, which causes them to feel tired during the day, making them have no motivation. We tend to spend most of our day looking at a screen since most schools are doing virtual learning, causing our eyes to feel weak and sleepy. Try to turn your phone off one hour before going to bed and rest your eyes.



Go hang out with your friends, family or do something yourself to take your mind off assignments. Some options include:

  • Going out to eat
  • Picnic
  • Movie Night
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Watch your favorite show
  • Draw/Paint
  • Read

If you need someone to talk about feeling stressed, talk to your family, friends, or our SAC counselors, Mr. Chirichiello ([email protected]) and Ms. Headlam ([email protected])