If you're feeling stressed, you're certainly not alone

October 25, 1998|By KATY HUFFER

Have you ever been so stressed out that you just feel like screaming? I've been there. Actually, I'm kind of at that point right now.

My problem is that I have so many things to do and not enough time to do them. I tend to commit myself to more things than I can handle. And then, at the last minute, I'm trying to do everything before I run out of time. Talk about some serious stressing.

--cont. from lifestyle youth--

If you have a tendency to stress out, don't take on too many projects. You may think you can handle it at the time, but most likely you'll find out later that it's virtually impossible.

Probably the biggest cause of stress is high school. Last-minute cramming for a test or an assignment that was due immediately were the biggest stressors for me. I had a tendency to put everything off until the last second. Honestly, I still do.


Having to give a report in front of the class used to kill me, too. I hated getting up in front of everyone and acting like I was interested in something that I really didn't care about. I tried telling myself that before I knew it, it would be over but that usually didn't work. I still freaked out.

One of my friends used to stress every time she didn't have a date for a social event. I used to suggest that she take the initiative and do the asking herself. That way she wouldn't panic while waiting on someone to ask her.

I don't ever recall her taking my advice, though. Then again, I don't ever remember her flying solo at a dance, either.

My best bud and I take a day to pamper ourselves when we get stressed. We forget everything that's bothering us, go for a drive and leave it all behind. A day trip to the mall usually helps, too.

When my best bud isn't around, I write in my diary about what's stressing me. Writing is my release. Find out what it is that works for you, and use it to vent your frustration.

Try listening to music, getting physical by participating in your favorite sport, or catching the latest flick with a few or your closest pals.

Whatever helps temporarily to relieve your stress, stick with it. And if you find something that gets rid of stress forever, make sure you let me know.

Katy Huffer is a sophomore at Hagerstown Community College.

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