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KayE.K. posted this thread...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm

School is starting to really stress me out. Sometimes I don't get an answer right and I stress myself out about it because now I'm suddenly the center of attention. They give us all these tests and projects that are due(what a surprise) on the same exact day! Then sometimes I don't know how to cope with all of this, especially when there are really mean people that get all up in my face and won't back off! And all this stress is also making my face break out in pimples. Anyone have any ideas on how to cope with these types of problems?

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oudeis replied...
May 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

You know, as teenagers, I think that we all go through stress like this.  So, about answering correctly and incorrectly:  don't be ashamed to make a mistake!  I can't tell you how many times I've been asked a question in front of the whole class and I've blurted out the wrong answer, like completely wrong.  Making mistakes is part of being human.  We all do it!  So, don't be discouraged if you make a mistake.  With small mistakes like that, learn from it.  Take it as an opportunity to understand something you might not have understood, or take the time to understand why you got the answer wrong.  If it means asking the teacher about it, go for it!  If it's one of those times when you blurt out a wrong answer, but you really know what the right answer was, just forget about it.  One mistake is not the end of the world.  No one will think that you're dumb just because you made a mistake. 
Now, with the projects and homework.  Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about.  I don't know if you're the type of person who gets things done right away, or if you procrastinate.  I am definitely a procrastinator.  I wait unitl the last minute to do assignments, and so I end up stressing myself out even more.  So, advice to both of us, get things done as quickly as possible so you don't get stressed out later.  If it means giving up a movie night, that's okay.  There'll be plenty of other times to have fun.  What I do sometimes is I write out a schedule of the assignments or projects I want to get done and alott a certain amount of time for each project.  It helps me stay on task and makes things a lot less stressful.  With some assignments, you don't have to spend hours and hours making the perfect and detailed.  You can put in 120% effort and get the A+, or put in less effort and still get the A+.  So if you prioritize, I promise you can get assignments done a lot quicker and not be so stressed out over them.
  With the people who just won't leave you alone, forget about them!  You already have enough on your plate and they're just one more thing to add on.  If people are being mean to you, the best thing you can do is ignore them.  They don't deserve your time and attention, and you don't deserve to have your day bogged down.  If you start ignoring them and paying them no attention, they'll stop bugging you.  All they want is to make you stressed, and the way you can keep them from doing that is not giving them what they want!
With the acne, don't feel so bad.  Because this is a stressful time, a lot of kids are getting bad cases of acne.  You should see my face.  Don't worry about it too much, though.  It's only temporary, and it's only a big deal if you make it out to be.
You know, there's this really good book called Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Richard Carlson.  I read it, and it really changed my mindset when I'm dealing with stress.  I would say the April/May time frame is the most stressful time of the year, especially for teenagers.  Don't get too down, though.  I hope that this helped a little, and I wish you the best with finals and such!  Good luck!

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KayE.K. replied...
May 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Thank you!

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