Bye Bye Happiness, Hello Homework

Madison - Louisville, Kentucky
Entered on May 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Not counting the summer, can you ever think of a time when your head didn’t feel like it was going to explode? Have you ever walked out of school and thought “What a beautiful day! Now I have the whole evening to relax and enjoy it.” Of course you haven’t because your teachers are trying to kill you! Well not you, but they are trying to kill your social life. What is the point of leaving school when we have to take have our locker home with us?

Homework is unnecessary. Some kids don’t even do it, and others just copy it from someone else. I don’t though; I suffer like every other honest student who wants to make good grades. I’m not trying to complain, but seriously! The only things I have time to do are track practice, and then school takes up the rest of my time, which is very stressful. That is why I believe it is important to take time out of your day to relax, revive, and re-energize so you are ready for whatever the next day throws at you. Unfortunately no matter how many times we tear our hair out in front of our teachers, they are going to keep dumping more on our plate. Luckily for me I have come up with a relax, revive, and re-energize plan that allows me to survive the dreaded nine months without going completely insane until the sweet relief of summer comes to save me.

Relaxing is one of the most important factors in conquering stress from homework. Whenever you have a lot to do instead of tearing your hair out, take about ten minutes or less and just sit and do nothing. This will clear your head so you are reading to tackle that mountain of homework. You may even try taking a ten minute “power nap”. Or watch a little bit of television, preferably a comedy because laughing can be a stress reliever.

Reviving is the second step to managing stress. One way I revive myself is by taking a shower. Taking a shower can wake you up and soothe you at the same time so you are ready to work but it doesn’t seem as overbearing as it was.

The last step is re-energizing, which happens to be my favorite. To re-energize I usually go on a run, for some reason running can make me very hyper. If running doesn’t help, I eat a snack such as strawberries, nutella, or bananas. I save cookies and ice cream for the emergencies such as: It’s the night before a paper is due and I’m not even half way done.

Until the day teachers realize what torture excessive amounts of homework is, (or maybe they already know and they just like being pure evil), I’m going to rely on my relax, revive, and re-energize plan to keep me from getting extremely stressed. Bald may be beautiful, but I’d rather not pull all my hair out in anger and frustration.