A series of Stress: Part Two

Relationships

Mackenzie Sills

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Jane wakes up and falls asleep with John on her mind. They meet up in between classes, holding hands as they walk down the hallway. John buys her gifts, they spend all their time together, but sometimes Jane get jealous when she sees John talking to Becky, and John makes her feel guilty for being jealous.

Relationships in high school can be fun and beneficial, but they can also cause stress.

“There are situations that can be stressful throughout your relationship, but you have to learn how to deal with them respectfully and in a way that will benefit the relationship,” junior Cody Johnson said

When in a relationship, serotonin levels decrease, and dopamine and norepinephrine levels increase in the brain. The chemical serotonin is related to a person’s mood, dopamine is a reward chemical and is released during sex, and norepinephrine relates to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

“A lot of people have different maturity levels, so for some people who aren’t as mature, probably not. For people who are more mature and want to be in a relationship, yes.

Although conflict is a part of relationships, when it escalates too far it becomes abuse. According to the Child Mind Institute, signs of abuse include making you feel guilty, trying to keep you away from your friends and family, threatening you, and forcing you to do things you don’t want to do. It is important to know and report signs of abuse when you it is occurring.

“It’s difficult when the person being abused is so focused on the relationship, and even though they know what’s happening isn’t right in anyway, they don’t seek help or let someone close know what’s going on.” Junior Isabella Stowers said.

According to a University of Tennessee study, definitions of cheating among adolescence included a range of behaviors, such as engaging in physical activity, romantic/intimate involvement, spending time with, talking to, having romantic feelings for, and thinking about an extradyadic partner. Although not everyone will agree with these parameters, it is important to set your own boundaries with your partner.

“Since being cheated on, I’ve learned that you shouldn’t put all your trust into high school relationships,” junior KK Morris said. “You also don’t need a relationship to be happy.”

“I believe that your relationships in high school will prepare you for relationships you will have in the future,” Johnson said.

There are several ways to cope with relationship stress. An article from the newspaper Nevada Today, listening to your partner before offering a solution, hugging more, and talking through stress can keep couples happy and together.

“The benefits of a relationship are that you have someone to share everything on your mind,” junior Mia Russell said. “My boyfriend supports me in every way possible and shows he cares every day. That’s something so special, and I am so lucky to have that in my life.”