As a runner I put a lot of stress on my body which makes me more susceptible to injury. I knew this when I started running but once I started I couldn’t stop. Running was my stress reliever it was my life. I had been running for 3 years and never had any injuries . I guess I should have expected it was going to happen sometime but I wasn’t ready for it.
It was just before my sophomore year when it started. I had ran a race and the next day my knee started hurting. I thought maybe it was just out of place so I went to the chiropractor but it just made it worse. I went to multiple doctors (well nurse practitioners) and they ran x-rays and MRI’s but no one knew what was wrong. I got told to rest it for awhile and it should be better then.
I rested for about 3 months and then started up running slowly but as soon as I did it started hurting again. As a runner this was devastating. All of the what ifs started going through my head. I started wondering if this was God telling me that my running career was over. I had worked so hard to get where I was and it was possibly going to be over. I stopped sleeping and got really depressed because I would get up every morning and see 30 seconds written on my mirror. That had been my goal to be 30 seconds faster. It was hard for me to even leave my room and probably the only thing that got me up every morning was knowing that I would get to help teach the 3rd graders and work under one of the best teachers ever.
Some people don’t understand why I run and I don’t know if I fully do either its like an addiction, I feel like I can’t live without it. I just know that if I don’t things start getting bad, I’ve started having anxiety attacks and hallucinations because of stress. I didn’t have those when I was running because it was a way for me to relieve my stress. I don’t know if I will ever be back to where I was or ever even run again but I know that if I can’t run then I will feel like I have let my coach down and I will need some other way to relieve my stress.
The teenage years are so stressful and school doesn’t help. As a teen we get told how we should look, act, and who we should be by society which is stressful enough. Then you add the stress school puts on you with grades, and extra curricular’s. We are expected to manage 7 classes of homework and tests, be in all the different clubs the school offers plus sports practice and games. That sounds like a lot but try adding a job and any clubs outside of the school. This is all stressful and it shows. We have kids not eating cause they feel they don’t have time, kids having anxiety attacks and hallucinating and even kids committing suicide or cutting all because they are so stressed out. Why do we put so much stress on these kids? Is it because we think its going to help them later in life or because we want the school to look good, on standardized tests and sports? It’s not going to help them later in life and it’s not going to make the school look good either. If anything it’s going to ruin their life because they won’t ever believe anything they do is good enough or they might kill themselves and that’s not going to look good on the school. Why don’t we do something so kids aren’t so stressed? Is it because we don’t know what to do? Here are some ideas.
- Parents stop expecting your kids to be perfect. They aren’t and they deal with enough without thinking you don’t love them because they can’t be the best.
- Stop pressuring them to do everything. If they aren’t athletic don’t try making them be. You can make them try it once but after that let it be their choice.
- Schools stop trying to just cram things in kids heads. Not everyone can learn the same way. Try making it fun and not just lecture.Teach them instead of trying to make them memorize stuff. Relate it to their society, if you’re teaching history relate it to now or have them reenact it instead of just memorizing names.
- Teachers make yourselves approachable. Be willing to help the kids and express that you are. If you see a kid struggling offer help because sometimes kids are to ashamed or scared to ask for help.
- Government get rid of these standardized tests. Do they really even prove anything? some people just aren’t good at tests. Test them in a different way,test them on what they can do not on what they remember.
- Teach the kids things they are going to need in life and the real world. Teach them how to manage a checking account, how to make simple healthy meals, or how to change a tire or the oil in a vehicle. Teach them how to land a job or apply for scholarships. This is the stuff they need to know not who the first European monarch was.
- Find out what they are interested in career wise and provide them classes to help them reach that. If they are interested in being a doctor or vet give them more science classes than history.
We need to help these kids learn the most they can about whats going on in the world around them so they can keep it going when they are adults but we need to teach them in a way they understand. can’t expect them to memorize things they don’t care about so get them excited to learn about what you’re teaching them. As little kids everyone has that curiosity to learn what something is. We need to bring that back to school. You don’t expect kindergartners to memorize things by lecturing so don’t expect teenagers to either, give them projects and hands on activities.