Open and Knock
By Hannah Morais
Doors can be so inconvenient. If one really wants to see their friend, it can be annoying to have to knock. Even when one knocks, there is no guarantee that the person behind the door will answer. For all they know, the person could be purposefully ignoring them! However, doors can also be a good thing. They can offer privacy, or a place to hide for someone who is stressed out. They can also hide secrets. Sometimes, the only way to reach someone is by knocking on their door, however tiresome it may be. Because if you do not knock, how will the person on the other side of the door know you are looking for them and wanting to talk to them? This is so with God. He is unceasingly knocking on the doors of our hearts, and He wants to talk with us and love us where we are at. He wants to share our stresses and worries, and He wants us to know Him better. He wants to answer any questions we may have, too, and He wants to help us with whatever we need. So, will you open the door… and in turn, knock on His?
“’Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.’” – Revelation 3:20
“’Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’” – Matthew 7:7
By Nina Combs
As we are getting closer and closer to the end of our high school years the pressure of college essays, struggling grades, and exams can lead to extreme stress and anxiety. Some may say to themselves that less work leads to less stress, which may be true for some people, but for others this can lead to stressing over having nothing to stress about. If you are feeling this anxiety do not worry about it, it is a normal, psychological emotion that is a part of life. Having stress can lead to lack of sleep, concentration, and complete loss of a stabilized health chart. I am here to tell you that there are some ways to help reduce your stress and anxiety. Some of those ways are taking the time to have a little you time. Take a moment to breathe and collect your thoughts, it will only take a second of your time.
According to Amey Morin, who is a Mental Health Trainer, taking these small moments of quiet each day can lead to a dramatic change in the development of your brain, in the end reducing your stress. I have mentioned taking the time to breathe, but some other exercises would be to think of your “happy place.” That may be the beach, the mountains, or even a water park. If you cannot think of anywhere, take a minute to look peaceful places up online. This may seem silly but if you are as stressed as I am sometimes, it is worth a try. You have nothing to lose. Maybe even setting a timer so not to lose track of time, but a quick look at your Pinterest boards can ease your mind. If you do not have Pinterest just use Google! I understand how these exercises can seem time consuming on a packed school night, so here are some quick relaxation tactics that will not consume much of your time. Making a cup of tea; I can tell you firsthand that while working on late nights taking an occasional sip of this hot drink will surely improve your concentration and relax your mind. One cup will only take two minutes to boil; I personally prefer the green tea, but chamomile and lavender are also effective. If you have a sweet tooth adding a spoonful of honey can make the difference. Another quick tactic is to get some mint or lemon chap stick. Even if you normally do not wear chap stick at school, and you feel self-conscious about it, do not worry about that because no one will be able to see it due to masks.
Again, stress is a part of life. Here is one last piece of advice that I can give to you; be confident in yourself, it is the best comfort and is known to relieve stress. If you are having a bad day surround yourself with people who make you laugh. The rumors are true, laughter can cure anything. Here is an inspirational quote, thank you for your time in reading this. I hope it helps you. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”