Manage stress as a teen

How to manage stress and anxiety (as a teen) 

 

Hey teens!! we’re being tossed a lot of information that we cant handle! Or can we?

We’re constantly overwhelmed with grades,  Confusing homework and figuring out our future. Plus all the million other things we have to deal with OUTSIDE of school!   School is the #1 Culprit for Teen Stress- which makes a TON of sense! We’re judged so harshly for our work even if try our best and in the end our knowledge is determined on a piece of paper.

U.S teens are more stressed than adults

It’s important as a youth today that we know how to balance everything in life and not let one thing take over the other, especially the questionable people in power with P’s controlling our country, killing the environment, deporting people who know America as their home- I can go on and on. And in the end, what they do is going to be in our hands. It is not fair that these billionaires get to pollute this earth and destroy it because of greed and its up to us to fix it.

Here are some things we can do to take a breath and relax- We deserve it!

MOVE YOUR BODY!!

Whether its yoga, skating with your buddies or even walking your dog around the block. Engaging in physical activity is proven to reduce stress by an immense amount. Exercising not only relaxes you it boosts confidence, improves complexion and mood, it will help  you get a great nights rest! So when you’re feeling upset and angry like you want to scream, go for a nice walk outside and you will feel better.

REACH OUT!!

Even if you don’t think so. There will always be people who want to listen and help no matter what. It’s not the end of the world and things always get better. When you feel like no one cares or wants to listen to you your wrong. Think of a friend, family member or someone you really trust, give them a call and tell them whats up, you will feel much better after getting it off your chest. Getting social support from people you care about is vital and a great stress reliever.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND REMEMBER YOUR STRENGTHS

We must always remember that in order to really do our best, we must first take care of ourselves. An example of this would be

1.)Hygiene: When you’re bombarded with work it’s often easy to forget to take a shower or brush your teeth you might be going everywhere in your PJ’s too. That will just stress ya out even more! Taking care of yourself and looking “presentable” (i.e: NOT smelling like a garbage can in your PJ’s) will make you feel better and determined to get the work done!

2.) Mindfulness: Too many thoughts running through your head at once? Writing down your thoughts will help clear your mind so you focus on the task at hand. It’s also a form of meditation which also helps too, taking 5 minutes to sit, close your eyes and forget about school, work and everything that is stressing you out will help you regroup and feel better.

Always remember everything you do and love doing, find out a way to help others with this and do it even more, if you love animals, volunteer at an animal shelter or if you admire painting go to an art class, Put  what you love to do before what you have to do and those stresses will seem like nothing. Because in the end its what you love that matters no matter what.

Here are some great sources that all teens should know about!

1.) TEEN LINE. Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen? https://teenlineonline.org is the place to go!

2.)BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. A great place and a safe space to make friends and have fun! Click here!

3.) VOLUNTEER:  Volunteering at a local senior center or youth group is great! Not only will you meet new people, get volunteer hours and have fun. Volunteering  is a great learning experience all around!

Why is school stressing me out?  – what is it about school that is causing this stress?  Is it necessary? What is the end result of stress? your health. Is it worth it? Comment below or write me about what you feel! 

 

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About Lily Larsen 46 Articles
I am a 15 year old activist and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since i was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Eric Garcetti's Youth Council and am a leader in the Student Ambassador Program at Centre Theatre Group. I currently generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 30,000 signatures. I care deeply about life on this planet - not only human life, but the 8.7 millions species of life that were here before us. Are you with me?

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