“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” - Steve Maraboli
According to a study by National AfterSchool, 44.88% of teens feel stressed “all the time,” compared to just 12.18% who are “rarely” stressed, and 6.3% who are “never” stressed. Over one-third of teens (34.53%) responded that they do “nothing” to try to manage their stress. To equip the Diploma Programme students with ways to cope with stress, a session was held on 23 August, by Ms. Romina Pitamber.
At the beginning of the session, the students were handed a paper cut-out of a heart and were instructed to create a crease for every bad memory they had. Then, they were told to think of every good memory and start to unfold the heart. On seeing each other’s paper cut -out of hearts they could see some were full of creases, some partially creased and some devoid of them. Students learned that it is best to let go bad memories and colour their lives with good ones.
During the session, Ms. Romina shared that some stress is not detrimental to an individual’s well-being. It motivates one to meet daily challenges and achieve goals. However, she pointed out that chronic stress can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems, including mental health problems, cardiovascular disease, obesity, eating disorders and more.
The session apprised students about the ways to deal with stress in their personal and academic lives. Everyone has a different stress coping mechanism. Some ways to cope with stress are by talking to friends and parents, playing video games and listening to music. Khushi Arora, a student who attended the session said, “These days students are facing immense academic stress. There is parental and peer pressure. Giving in to it is a sign of failure. We must adopt ways to alleviate stress and achieve harmony and balance in life.”