With college applications, final exams, and just growing up,
it is hard to deny the intense pressure many high school students are under
every day. However, in an effort to combat these ever-present stresses, Houston
High SGA organized a De-Stress Fest for the student body.
Each day consisted of a daily fact about mental health and
kindness challenge, music playing between classes, and an optional lunch-time
Day one encouraged students to be a little bit sweeter and
handed out free desserts. Tuesday provided soothing arts & crafts stations,
and on Wednesday, students could write down any anxieties they might be
experiencing, roll it up, and put it in a balloon filled with helium to be
symbolic of their stresses floating away. Thursday, student and certified yoga
instructor, Nathalie Benshmuel, led students in an outdoor, endorphin-boosting
yoga class. The week then closed with a visit from the West Tennessee Chapter
of the International Association of Therapy Dogs. Five trained therapy dogs
visited and loved on students, closing a wonderfully relaxing week.
We are so pleased our students were granted an outlet to
reduce some of their stress this spring.