Teen Stress

Teen Stress :    10 Tips for Teens

Teen Stress : Tips for Teens recognizes that as a teen, you’re faced with many responsibilities, and that can lead to serious stress. You have things to deal with at home, school, and with your friends. When you start to feel too much stress, it can lead to health problems like headaches and stomach-aches. In our teenage years a lot of action takes place at school or college. Hence the title School Stress. Sometimes this may be related to actual subjects- the curriculum, a specific teacher ot fellow student or the demands of the course itself.   Our peer relations are usually of critical importance in these often troubled times. “Little things” can hurt a lot. Some of these topics or tips may not apply to you, but possibly to your class-mates or friends. They make great discussion points.  Some, if they apply to you, you can take immediate action on.  You could use your phone or camera to document as in a journal , School Stress.  Food for thought!
Stress can also make you feel bad about yourself and cause you to get depressed. When that happens, you’re more likely to hang out with the wrong people or to do thing that aren’t good for you- like smoke or drink alcohol.

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Teen Stress

It’s important that you learn to manage stress before it takes over your life. Learning to manage stress as a teen will also help you have an easier time with it as you get older.
Start by implementing these ten tips

Teen Stress :       Tips for Teens #1: Don’t Take on Too Many Responsibilities

As a teenager, you have the responsibility of going to school and completing whatever chores you have at home. You also have many options for clubs to join, activities to attend, and places to go.
It can be easy to get over-scheduled. If you’re taking on too many responsibilities, you may start to feel like you can’t do them well. Your grades can slip or you can feel bad because you’re not getting enough sleep.
Right now, think about your schedule and figure out if there’s anything you can say goodbye to right now. For example, maybe you play for one less sports team or let go of one club at school. Even one less activity can decrease your stress.

Teen Stress :            Tips for Teens #2:Eat Real Food Regularly

If you’re super busy, you may find that you’re always reaching for a bag of chips, some candy or lollies, or soft drinks to keep you going. You might also be skipping meals –especially breakfast.

School Stress Tip.  Eat this only occasionally

Stress Tip. Eat this only occasionally

Make the decision to eat at least three real meals a day. For snacks, it’s okay to have chips and other foods sometimes. But try to make sure you eat a piece of fruit or some vegetables for most of your snacks.
Eating healthier foods will help you have energy and help you focus more on what you need to do. Junk foods can help you have energy in the short-term, but will leave you feeling a sugar crash later.  Remember to keep a balance between work and play though.

Teen Stress :             Tips for Teens #3: Get More Sleep

Many teenagers are night owls. It’s actually pretty normal for you to want to stay up late and to sleep late. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t operate on that schedule- and you shouldn’t either.
What can happen is that you take your body’s cue to stay up late, but then you have to get up early. You may be getting far less sleep than you need. Teenagers need at least eight hours of sleep most nights- and actually feel better with more like 10 hours of sleep.
Getting yourself on a good sleep schedule can help you have more energy to get things done and to keep you from feeling the physical effects of stress. Try going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning until you’re in a regular routine.
Also make sure you’re in a comfortable bed and that you don’t have a lot of distractions like music or TV or your cell phone on. You may think they help you fall asleep, but they actually keep you from sleeping well.  why not download a copy of Sleep Diary and see what your sleep patterns are really like?

School Stress. This isn't right!

Teen Stress. This isn’t right!

Teen Stress :                      Tips for Teens #4: Choose Good Friends

One of the most important things you can do is to choose friends that are good for you. How do you know if a friend is going to be a good person for you to hang out with?
A good friend won’t pressure you to do things you don’t feel good about or want to do. Good friends also won’t ask you to change who you are. And good friends will listen to you, love you, and support you through thick and thin.
When you surround yourself with good, supportive friends, you’ll find that life gets a bit easier. You don’t have to be worried about giving in to pressure if the pressure isn’t there. And you won’t feel alone when you have friends who listen to and care about you.
Having good friends can help you get through a stressful time. When you don’t feel like you have anyone in your corner, a good friend will keep you from ever feeling like you’re all on your own.
If you feel that you’re hanging out with friends who aren’t good for you right now, it can be hard to imagine saying goodbye to them. If you’re not ready to completely change your friends, choose safe ways to hang out with them.
For example, only invite them over to your house when you know parents will be home. Or meet them at a movie theatre instead of going somewhere unsupervised.

Teen Stress :                        Tips for Teens #5: Make Time for Fun

When you get older, you may think you’re to old to play. But playing can really help you relieve stress. Running. Jumping, playing games. And using your imagination aren’t things designed only for little kids.
If you have younger siblings, take advantage of the opportunity you have to play with them. If not, you can still suggest playing games with friends, going to laser tag, playing mini golf and other activities that are fun.

School Stress: Go on. Be a kid! Swing.

Teen Stress: Go on. Be a kid! Swing.

The next time stress is overwhelming you, try going to the park and swinging on the swing (good for old folks too!) or riding your bike around the neighbourhood. Having fun and playing can give your mind and body a break from stress and help you refocus when it’s time to solve a problem.
A few ideas for enjoying play include board games, coloring in (great book for teens plus these days), blowing bubbles, water pistols (yeh!) sharing jokes and funny stories,or  playing games in the backyard.

Teen Stress :          Tips for Teens  #6: Get Organized

If you’re like many teens, your school bag and locker are bottomless pits filled with crunched up papers and odds and ends. When it’s time to find something specific, it can be a nightmare.
This only adds to the stress you already have in your life. When you organize your belongings, you’ll find that you have less stress when it’s time to do homework or turn in an assignment just because you know where it is.
It’s also important to keep a calendar and write down assignments, tests, and other activities. When you look at the whole week and see what’s coming up you can be more prepared.
Keep your bag, locker and bedroom neat and tidy so you that you can find what you need. You’ll waste less time searching for things and have more time to enjoy your life.

School Stress Idea; Photograph your bedroom, locker or bag contents before and after clean-up!

Teen Stress :            Tips for Teens #7: Learn How to Relax

When someone tells you to relax, it may not come naturally to you. What can you do to actually slow down and relax your mind and body? There are several good techniques you can choose.
Deep breathing is a technique that really helps people to calm down and feel less stress and tension. With this type of breathing it helps to close your eyes and breathe in through your nose.
When you have a full breath, pause and hold it for a few seconds. As you breathe in, you should feel your belly move out. Then breathe out through your mouth and feel the air rushing from your lungs.
Doing this a few times can help you to slow down and feel more relaxed. Check out Happybrainwaves QuickFix or CD. They will relax you guaranteed!! Other techniques include taking a warm bath, writing in your journal, reading a good book, enjoying a hobby, or calling a friend.
You may want to write down a list of things that are relaxing for you and keep it nearby so you can remember what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Teen Stress :           Tips for Teens #8: Don’t Keep Secrets

    Tip #8 is a great discussion topic. Do you agree or not?

There are a lot of reasons people keep secrets, but in general, secrets are a very stressful and can be very damaging. Usually if someone asks you to keep a secret for them, it’s because they know they are doing something wrong.
If someone is doing something to you that hurts you physically, emotionally, or mentally it’s important that you tell someone right away. Even if that person has threatened you, you have the power. Always find an adult you can trust and share what’s going on.
You may also be keeping secrets about something that you’ve done. This can be very stressful to you as well. When you keep any kind of secret, it may cause you to feel shame.
The healthiest thing you can do is to talk to someone about what’s going on and realise that even if you have made a mistake, you can change course. Secrets can cause more stress and lead to bad choices.                                               School Stress QuestionWho really has responsibility for a secret?

Teen Stress :    Tips for Teens #9: Prepare for Stressful Situations by Rehearsing

What are the situations in life that causes you stress? For many teens, giving a presentation in class can be stressful. It could be preparing for a performance, getting ready to have a serious conversation, or getting ready for a big event.
Rehearsing a stressful situation can help you know what to do when the time comes. Instead of feeling worried, you can feel more confident that you’ve prepared for the moment.
For example, if you have to give a class presentation, prepare a few days ahead of time by presenting it to your parents or a friend. Just saying the words out loud can help you to feel more comfortable when it’s time to deliver them in front of your class.
If you have to have a hard conversation with your parents, ask a friend to role play with you so that you can practice what you’ll say. This can help you keep your cool if you’re afraid you might get angry or not know how to respond.
Whatever the situation, finding a way to rehearse ahead of time can help rest your fears and give you more confidence. That doesn’t mean you won’t have a few butterflies when it’s time to perform, but there will be fewer than you would have had without rehearsing.

Teen Stress :        Tips for Teens #10: Stop Negative Self-Talk

We at Happybrainwaves consider this to be extremely important. Teen Stress asks you to think about and discuss this with someone you trust and who cares about you, in a safe environment.

One of the worst habits you can engage in is talking badly about yourself. Yet it’s a very common problem for both teenagers and adults.
Learning how to stop this habit now will help you throughout your life. Negative self-talk is simply saying bad things about yourself. For example, if you make a mistake you might say, “I’m an idiot.”
You may also say things like:
I’m so ugly and fat
I can’t do anything right
No one will ever like me
I’m worthless
I hate myself
When you say these things to yourself it can cause your self-esteem to plummet. Negative thoughts lead to negative actions. You’ll be more likely to feel bad about who you are, take risks that aren’t healthy, and get in the way of your own success.
Spend some time paying attention to the way you talk about yourself and try to intervene. When you catch yourself saying something like, “I hate myself because of what I did,” change it around.
Instead, say, “I made a mistake, but that doesn’t mean I’m a mistake or a bad person. I need to learn from this so I can make a better choice next time.” Talking to yourself the way you would to a good friend can help you have fewer problems related to stress.

Benefits of Managing Stress

When you manage stress well, you’ll have many benefits. You can see your grades go up, get better sleep, have more energy, and experience more fun in your life.
And if you learn to manage stress now when you are a teen, you’ll be ahead of the crowd. As an adult, you’ll have fewer problems with future study, work, family and friendships. You’ll experience better health and have a happier life.
If it seems overwhelming to do all ten of these things at once, start by focusing on just one area that you need most right now. Once you’ve mastered it, you can add another step. Don’t feel that you have to do it all-just do what you need and what works for you.