Everyone deals with stress and, as teenagers, there are many unique stressors that can affect your life. There’s school, relationships, family, friends, extra-curricular activities and more—all of which can create a certain amount of stress. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Stress is your body’s natural response to difficult situations. It’s only when stress starts affecting you negatively that it becomes an issue.
Stress can overwhelm you, which affects your health not only mentally, but physically as well. Learning how to balance your life and time is very important to avoid the negative effects of stress.
How to deal with stress
- Know that stress can be good. It can help keep you on your toes in the face of a challenge. Keeping that in mind the next time you’re stressed out can prevent you from getting overwhelmed.
- Learn to say ‘no.’ A big cause of stress is having too much to do. Between homework, extracurricular activities, work, and time with friends and family, it can be hard to stay on top of everything. But if you’re not obligated to be somewhere or do something, don’t be afraid to say no. Clearing up your schedule to focus on what you really care about can help keep you calm.
- Get some rest! Getting enough sleep each night can help keep your mind clear, making it easier to manage the things that are making you stressed.
- Learn to breathe. Breathing comes naturally to most humans, but when you’re feeling stressed, taking a few deep breaths and focusing on your breathing can be a good way to stay focused.
- Don’t worry. A big part if stress is worrying and over-thinking things. Instead of thinking about all the possible outcomes or stressing about how you’re going to get everything done, focus on what’s in front of you and what you can do in the moment. For example, instead of worrying about passing your big test next week, focus on doing your homework and studying for that day.
- Be active! Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress. It can be something simple, like going for a run, but you can use the time wisely. While you’re moving, think about your problem until you come to a solution. Or, if you’re really stressed, focus on your body and what you’re doing, rather than worrying about your situation. As long as your moving, your body will release chemicals that help boost your mood.
- Talk to someone. Whether you want advice, or just need to get some stuff off your chest, taking to someone about what’s stressing you can make you feel a lot better. It may even help you come to a solution for some of your problems!
For more information on how to deal with stress, visit the links below:
- TeensHealth Stress Page This page has detailed information on exactly what causes stress and more ideas on how to deal.
- Practical Coping Skills This article from Psychology Today has some great tips on how to deal with stress.
- 5 Tips for Coping With Stress Another great article from Psychology Today, featuring five great ideas for coping with stress.