Our world is really stressful right now, especially for teenagers. Social isolation, the now digital world, and lots of other new worries, combined with all of the normal teen stressors like relationships, homework, and tests make this world super stress-inducing for teens.
-- Callista Frederick, 6th Grade
Stress can be caused by a lot of different things, and it can manifest itself in a lot of different ways. You might find yourself feeling stressed if you are overwhelmed with schoolwork, worrying about grades, constantly being pestered by your annoying little brother, or maybe you simply just didn’t get enough sleep last night. This stress can cause a lot of different things. You might have trouble sleeping, experience anxiety or depression, or have increased irritability. Perhaps your stress is manifesting itself in physical ways, such as headaches or stomach aches.
So, you’re feeling stressed, maybe experiencing some of these symptoms, and wondering, “What can I do about it?” Luckily for you, there are lots of techniques out there to help you cope with, reduce, and prevent stress. Here are just a few of them.
- Get some exercise! Exercise is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and it’s super important to stay fit anyway. You could try doing yoga, running, or really anything that appeals to you.
3. Read or write. Writing and reading can both relieve stress, so try keeping a journal, writing down things you’re thankful for, or immersing yourself in Harry Potter for the gazillionth time.
4. Human “contact.” If you’re feeling stressed, try spending some time having fun with your family (if they’re not the ones stressing you out in the first place), or chat with a friend over the phone.
5. Try a new study technique. If homework or tests are stressing you out, try switching things up a bit. If you’re studying for a big test, try making your own flashcards and practicing with a family member. If you’re doing homework, try a new method. I, personally, love the 30-5 homework method, where you work for 30 minutes and relax for 5.
If you liked these tips, check out these resources for more ideas. Thanks for reading!