School and stress take the cake

EMMAISCOOL

Marian is a generous community. The phrase “sharing is caring” is engraved on every student’s brain. But when symptoms start showing, Marian girls know to use all precautions in order to stay healthy. Sickness means missing school, and missing school means getting behind in classes. Despite our best efforts, germs will still spread. Instead of doing everything we can to get better, we keep coming to school, which delays our return to health and spreads sickness to others.

A crucial step on the path back to health is rest and sleep. Most students are already sleep deprived and don’t get the recommended eight hours; I know I don’t. The sleep deprivation causes us to be less healthy and more prone to sickness. When we get sick and stay on these messed up sleep schedules, we won’t get any better. Just missing one day of school to spend all day in bed will start us on the road to recovery. It will help immensely just to feel rested. Despite all of this, we still don’t get enough sleep when we’re sick, and it was sleep deprivation that caused our compromised health condition to begin with. It’s so frustrating!

Health should be at the top of our priorities, so why do I find myself doing gov notes when I have to wake up in four hours? School, grades and stress take the cake for No. 1. I can admit that I probably care too much about my grades and this causes unnecessary stress. I don’t want to do an assignment, so I stress about it. When I force myself to finally do the assignment, I realize it wasn’t that bad. But then, I get another one, and you already know I’m going to procrastinate again. It’s a cycle most students can relate to.

I can honestly say that I wrote half of this piece after midnight on a school night. I don’t know why I do this, but the point is that I need to fix it. We all need to take care of our mental and physical health before focusing on our homework. This does not mean blow off homework every night for the “treat yo’ self” mindset. I’ve gone down that road (multiple times), and I do not recommend it. What this does mean is going to sleep before midnight, taking breaks from homework to eat dinner with family and asking for help when it’s needed.

Don’t take up time stressing over a problem or a paragraph when help is just a quick text or email away. And finally (I’m such a hypocrite for saying this but) don’t procrastinate. Put down your phone and pick up your iPad (and no, not to watch Netflix).

Implementing just one mental health task a day will keep you from going crazy. In the case of physical sickness, please stay home (especially in the case of a fever or contagion). We know you don’t want to be at school, and we don’t want you to get us sick. It is not the end of the world if you miss one day. Friends will be there for you to share the notes you missed.

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