Teen Girls Experiencing Stress from School

Guest Blogger,
Drawing of a girl with her head in her hands at her desk
Original Artwork by Ariela Robinson

Teen girls are constantly having to prove their ability to others by doing well on assignments and tests. This causes stress and pressure to always score high. According to Henry Schwan, "61% of girls... report stress due to school issues." (Stress Impacts Girls in Middle School During the Coronavirus Pandemic).

​It is important that we try our best during school and study well. However, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. If someone were to score low on a test or assignment, we should not judge them but rather be supportive. Grades should not determine how smart someone is.

Here are some useful tips to help teen girls relieve stress from school:

  1. Be organized. One way you can stay organized is to write assignments and due dates on a planner or calendar to keep track of upcoming tasks.
  2. Have a consistent schedule. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly.
  3. Avoid procrastination. It is better to get homework and studying done earlier than to wait until the last minute and rush yourself.
  4. Find a quiet place to study. There should be no distractions so you can focus on what needs to get done.
  5. Have fun. Find an activity that you enjoy.

—Written by Ariela Robinson

Ariela Robinson is a teen volunteer at the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library. She currently attends Santa Monica High School and is in 9th grade.

—Emily Meehan, YA Librarian, Palms-Rancho Park Branch

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