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Poem: "Let It Fly Away"
This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] gingicat and Boychik. It also fills the "despair" square in my 5-1-18 General card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest.


"Let It Fly Away"


Middle school students
know more about stress
than adults would believe,

responsibilities and
expectations piling up
on them like backpacks.

Between school and homework
and extracurriculars required
for even the hope of college,
they despair of finding
a moment to relax.

So they turn to electronics --
Let's Play videos and LOLcats,
Happy Habits and Take a Break --
to relieve the unending stress.

They grow succulents in Viridi
and goldfish in Zen Koi.

It's a way to remember that
they're not stuck in a world where
all they can ever do is endure.

They can give their stress wings
and let it fly away.

* * *

Notes:

"Give your stress wings and let it fly away."
-- Lydia Sweatt

Teens are often more stressed than adults. Notice that nobody in the article suggests actually reducing the pressure on students, only giving them "better support" to cope with the overload. It's abuse to demand so much of people that it ruins their health. Remember that no diploma does any good if you're too sick to use it. Unsurprisingly, constant stress can damage the growing brain. Know the signs of stress in middle school students. Parents can help their children learn healthy coping skills.

Today, many apps exist to help stressed teens relax. Consider Happy Habits, Take a Break, Viridi, or Zen Koi.

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elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: May 2nd, 2018 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice poem, and a very good point.

"Notice that nobody in the article suggests actually reducing the pressure on students"

But they did:
Parents, counselors and other adults can help young people resist stress and learn to manage it better, said Forrester, the school counselor. They can set limits for reasonable sleep and screen time and point their teens toward stress-relieving activities, such as exercise.

They can help kids set realistic priorities for school and outside activities. “We talk to them about balance. How do you balance what you have on your plate?” he said. “Maybe you don’t need to do three sports.”
Nobody *needs* to do three sports. Nobody *needs* to spend every moment not otherwise scheduled staring at a flickering screen, either. One DOES need sleep, sunshine, fresh air, exercise, and face-to-face contact with other living beings - to the extent that these are being short-changed due to social media, social media has to be limited.

Edited at 2018-05-02 01:22 am (UTC)
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