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"I'm feeling overwhelmed with school, extracurriculars, and trying to figure out my future. How can I manage stress and find balance during this hectic time in my life?"

Feeling overwhelmed with the demands of school, extracurriculars, and the uncertainty of the future is a common challenge that many young adults face. It's important to recognize that you're not alone in experiencing this pressure. As a therapist, I often encourage individuals in similar situations to prioritize self-care and establish realistic expectations. Begin by breaking down your tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Create a schedule that allows for both productivity and relaxation, ensuring you allocate time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Managing stress also involves setting boundaries and learning to say no when necessary. Understand that it's okay to prioritize your mental well-being over additional commitments. Utilize stress-relief techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or physical activities like yoga or exercise to help ground yourself during particularly challenging moments. Remember, seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional is a strength, not a weakness. Having someone to talk to about your concerns and aspirations can provide valuable insights and emotional support, helping you navigate this hectic time more effectively.

Moreover, when considering your future, it's beneficial to break down your goals into smaller, achievable steps. Reflect on your interests, values, and long-term aspirations. Seeking guidance from career counsellors or mentors can provide clarity and direction. Embrace the journey of self-discovery, understanding that it's okay not to have all the answers right away. With the right balance of self-care, time management, and support, you can navigate these challenges and cultivate a sense of resilience and well-being.

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