People wonder why teenagers get sick so often, and I think I have found the answer.
We are constantly being run into the ground, overwhelmed with task after task.
I will use myself as an example. I go to school, do my homework, and go to volleyball. Everyday. No breaks in between.
You would think I would get used to it, and I do in some ways. But sometimes the lack of a break catches up to me.
Getting home at 10pm in need of a shower and a snack does not let the teen body get the rest that it needs to stay healthy.
At our age we are growing so much mentally and physically.
If we take the breaks that we need, we are scolded for being lazy or not trying hard enough – but if we do too much we are told that we need to “slow down”.
So much is asked of the high school or college student, and yet whenever I say that I can almost always hear an adult scoffing and making some snide remark about how “we have it so easy”.
And perhaps in a lot of ways we do.
I know that I don’t have to worry about paying the bills at the end of every month – and I am so grateful for that.
But I do have to worry about my grades, sports, getting into colleges, trying to maintain some kind of social life, and a lot of other factors that are major stressors.
So why is anyone surprised when 1/3 of the junior class gets a cold, or a fever?
Some of us get only three to five hours of sleep per night because of the work load that is put on us.
Everyone needs a break now and then, and when that break isn’t taken, the human body will find a way to take it.
Our systems are beaten to the ground. And while we may not have to same feats to overcome as some, we have our own.