Finding a “Natural High”

By Harper M

Finding a “Natural High”

As a current teenager in this world, there are so many problems we face on the daily. Things such as academic stress, family problems, and peer pressure. It is hard to know how to deal with these things sometimes. When I was in 7th grade, I took health class at my middle school.  We used to watch these videos every Friday, talking all about our “natural highs”.  It is something that has really stuck with me personally, and something I think could really help other people.

A natural high is something that you enjoy doing, and doing it releases chemicals that make you feel good, no drugs or alcohol involved.

I know that there are some kids my age who do turn to these methods of release when they need it. I am in no way judging these people for the choices that they have chosen to make, but I do know that these choices may lead to consequences that no one wants. 

For me, physical activity is my natural high. Whether it’s volleyball, swim, or track. Physical activity helps me to calm my mind, while also giving me something to work towards and be motivated by. Now physical activity is what I’ve found that works for me, but there are all kinds of different natural highs for you to discover. You could get it from drawing, sewing, singing, playing music, and so many other possibilities. You just have to find what works for you. Now you might already have a natural high, which is amazing and good for you, but if you are not sure or think you don’t have one, I would strongly recommend exploring the possibility. It may take a while to find the best thing for you, and just because you’ve found your natural high, doesn’t mean it’s always perfect. My best natural high comes from volleyball, but sometimes it still frustrates me and I may still have bad days, but at least I know that I have found a natural high. Finding my natural high has improved my mental health, and has made my current quality of life better.  I would encourage everyone to try and find their natural high.