Stress Management

What you need to know about stress

What is stress?

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from demanding circumstances.
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Examples of Teen Stress

  1. Grades
  2. Expectations from parents and friends
  3. Relationships
  4. Deadlines
  5. Extracurricular
  6. Lack of sleep
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Positive ways to deal with stress

  1. Understand how you stress so you can avoid it
  2. Take care of yourself
  3. Reach out for help when you need it
  4. Positive self-talk - tell yourself that you can do it
  5. Find pleasure in simple things
  6. Daily relaxation
  7. Take a break
  8. Exercise
  9. Meditate
  10. Smile and laugh
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Negative ways to deal with stress

  1. Criticizing yourself
  2. Chewing your fingernails
  3. Becoming aggressive or violent
  4. Eating too much
  5. Avoiding friends or family
  6. Don't eat for a while
  7. Throw something
  8. Become compulsive or perfectionist
  9. Losing sleep
  10. Do nothing and hope that the problem gets fixed for you
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Effects of Stress

  1. Long term problems for the heart and blood vessels
  2. Can't sleep
  3. Headaches
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Makes you more forgetful
  6. Fear and anxiety
  7. Depression
  8. Makes your brain more vulnerable to mental disease
  9. Short temper
  10. Agitation or the inability to relax
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Statistics on Teen Stress

The five main causes of teen stress are:

  1. School work - 68%
  2. Parents - 56%
  3. Friend's problems - 52%
  4. Romantic Relationships - 48%
  5. Drugs in the neighborhood - 48%

Teen Stress Facts

  1. One in five teens qualify as clinically depressed
  2. Female students seem to feel stress more than male students
  3. School is the highest cause of stress for high school students
  4. Girls are more likely to suppress their stress