Coffee or Sleep
Finding my balance betweeen work and school has been hard the past three weeks. It has been increasingly stressful even knowing that I must get up before 6:45 am six days a week. Is it really healthy for teens to have a job while worrying about college applications, standardized tests, early morning meetings, and not to mention homework & tests?
I have loved working in the same coffee shop for over a year now, but for some reason the stress of knowing I have to get up at 5:45 am on a Saturday morning has started making work a "love-hate relationship". If I were to quit, the strain of questions from my boss and customers could be emotionally tiring in itself. It seems as though once you enter the workforce there are endless amounts of anxiety to even figure out who can cover your shift so you can take a day off.
There are also pluses to my job. It is actually really fun to make lattes because it is sort of an art form. The customers are also really nice most of the time, you get to meet lots of neat people and listen to their stories. If I were a waitress I would be making 2.15 an hour plus tip, at my job I get paid almost six dollars more plus I walk out with tip everyday. Lastly, working during the two years of high school that are considerably hard looks good on my applications.
I believe it comes down to what your priorities are. I am still deciding if getting yelled at by my boss & regulars, and not having a constant money flow are all "risks" I want to take.
I will post another discussion once I decide.
If stressors that a teen is dealing with are allowed to pile up and are not dealt with in a proper manner, the teen will experience distress. Too much stress can cause the teen to go into a physical state of distress. As the stress depletes their brain of important chemicals needed to regulate emotion, they will begin to feel physical and mental symptoms that can disrupt enjoyment of normal life.
Stress is our body’s reaction to our changing environment. Stress is not pressure to perform, personal problems, or illness; these things are stressors, and stress is our reaction to them. Stress isn’t a bad thing. Without stress, life would be boring and seem meaningless. Stress can be the excited feeling we get when getting ready to go on a date or throw a party. Basically, any event that causes us to have a physical reaction is a stressor. The problems occur when we get overstressed to the point of experiencing distress.