title

Custom Search

 

[ Correct English | Common Errors | Words Differentiation | Sample Letters | Glossary of Correct Usage | Common Sentences | Q & A ]

[ English Compositions | Movie Reviews | High School Vocab | Advertisements ]

Sponsored Links

<<Prev

Lower Secondary English essays

Next>>

   
TOEFL Vocabulary
English Conversation
English Grammar
American Idioms
English Comprehension
English Summary
English News
Business Idioms
 
You are studying in a residential school. During assembly, you, as the Head Prefect, were asked to give a talk to students who have just joined residential school on how to manage stress to ease their life there.
 
Good morning, principal, teachers and friends. First of all, I would like to welcome all the new students who have joined residential school and hope you are enjoying your new life here. As it may be the first time you are away from home, I am sure you are feeling the stress of this new life, especially managing things all by yourself. Therefore I am taking this opportunity to give you a few tips on how to keep your stress in check and how to relax when things get to be too much. At any given point in time, most students are stressed about something. But don't worry - it is just part of going to residential school where you have to be independent and cope with things on your own.

While having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control. There are several things you can do to overcome this. First of all, make sure you get enough sleep. Your sleep schedule is, most likely far from ideal now, so getting more sleep can help your mind refocus, recharge and re-balance. This can mean a quick nap before study hours, a night when you go to bed early, or a promise to yourself to stick with a regular sleep schedule. Sometimes, one good night's sleep can be all you need to feel charged and energetic once again.

At the same time, you should eat healthy foods. Just like your sleep habits, your eating habits too, may have changed when you came here, especially as you have to follow a new schedule and a new diet. Think back on what and when you had eaten over the past few days. You may think your stress is psychological, but it could just be physical stress if you are not fuelling your body appropriately. So, on outing days, get something balanced and healthy: fruit and vegetables, whole grains and protein. Starting your day with breakfast is necessary - don't ever go to class on an empty stomach. That spells trouble and illness! Studies were conducted in which students were asked to perform tasks after either having eaten or not eaten breakfast. Much evidence pointed out to improvements in learning and memory, and general well-being.

Next, get some exercise. You may think that if you don't have the time to sleep and eat properly, you definitely don't have the time to exercise. However, don't worry about this. You have extra-curricular activities and games where you can let off your steam and lessen stress. If needs be, you can go for a relaxing 30-minute walk while listening to your favorite music and even take a power nap during rest time. I assure you, you will definitely feel much better. And during weekends, you can play games with your friends.

Another thing is to cultivate friends - socialize and have some fun. If you have been working on some projects or coursework for 3 straight days, then you could be extremely stressed because you are focusing too much on getting things done. Don't forget that your brain is like a muscle, and even that needs a break every once in a while! So have fun with your friends -play games with them, crack jokes or watch a movie on television with them. You will be building the social side of your character that will help you when you leave school.

Fellow students, learn to relax yourselves. The body's natural antidote to stress is called the relaxation response. It's your body's opposite of stress and it creates a sense of well-being and calm. Ensure you stay relaxed by incorporating time into your schedule for activities that are calming and pleasurable: reading a good book or making time for a hobby.

Of course, don't be afraid of getting a little help if you need it. It can be hard to ask for help, and your friends may not know how stressed out you are. Nevertheless, most students are going through the same things at the same time, so don't feel shy to vent your frustrations for 30 minutes over coffee with a friend. It will help you refocus and make you realize that the things you are so stressed about are actually quite manageable. Alternatively, you can see the counselor who will be only too glad to listen to your woes. Keep the lines of communication open, especially to somebody you can trust.

Try to solve your everyday problems can give you a sense of control. Develop skills to calmly look at a problem, figure out options and take some actions towards a solution. Feeling capable of solving little problems builds the inner confidence to move on to life's bigger ones and it can also serve you well in times of stress.

Another important thing is watch what you are thinking. Your outlook, attitude and thoughts influence the way you see things. A healthy dose of optimism can help you make the best of stressful circumstances. Try to be positive and learn acceptance. Accept that there are things in life that are beyond your control. It is pointless to dwell on the negative experiences and poor results but more fruitful to plant positive thoughts as new seeds of the mind. If you were unhappy yesterday, unhappy today, there is a certain unhappiness awaits you tomorrow. All in all you will only cause much stress to yourself.

It is amazing what laughter can do for us. Laughter has a two-step action on the physical body: step one, it stimulates; step two, it relaxes. During laughter, the body is stimulated and exercised; after laughter, the body relaxes and calms itself. Your laughter may help you feel better and put that spring back in your step.

Finally, residential school can be overwhelming. But you must get your perspective right. You should always remember the reason why you are here: academics. No matter how exciting your co-curricular life is, you cannot enjoy any of it if you don't pass your examinations. So, make sure to keep your eye on the prize, and then head out and change the world ! Thank you.

     
 
 

 

370    371    372    373    374    375    376    377    378    379    380    381    382    383    384    385    386    387    388    389    390    391    392    393    394    395    396    397    398    399    400    401    402    403    404    405    406    407    408    409    410    411    412    413    414    415    416    417    418    419    420    421    422    423    424    425    426    427    428    429    430    431    432    433    434    435    436    437    438    439    440    441    442    443    444    445    446    447    448    449    450    451    452    453    454    455    456    457    458    459    460    461    462    463    464    465    466    467    468    469    470    471    472    473    474    475    476    477    478    479    480    481    482    483    484    485    486    487    488    489    490    491    492    493    494    495    496    497    498    499    500    501    502    503    504    505    506    507    508    509    510    511    512    513    514    515    516    517    518    519    520    521    522    523    524    525    526    527    528    529    530    531    532    533    534    535    536    537    538    539    540    541    542    543    544    545    546    547    548    549    550    551    552    553    554    555    556    557    558    559    560    561    562    563    564    565    566    567    568    569    570    571    572    573    574    575    576    577    578    579    580    581    582    583    584    585    586    587    588    589    590    591    592    593    594    595    596    597    598    599    600    601    602    603    604    605    606    607    608    609    610    611    612    613    614    615    616    617    618    619    620    621    622    623    624    625    626    627    628    629    630    631    632    633    634    635    636    637    638    639

Lower secondary English essays 1

 
Sponsored Links
 
 
American Slang
English Proverbs
English Exercises
Common English mistakes
Ancient Chinese stories
Junior English essays
High School English essays
Lower Secondary English essays