By: McKenna Weippert
Definition of Stress
Good and Bad Stress
Body's Responses and Emotions to Stress
Healthy Stress Relievers
1. Get active: Stress hormones are getting your body "ready for action" (even if there is no physical danger), so doing exercise helps use them up and de-stress you.
2. Get enough sleep: As a teenager, your body is growing at a very fast rate and so sleep is important for your development. Not sleeping enough can leave you feeling emotional and you may find it difficult to concentrate, all making the effects of stress much worse. Teens need nine hours of sleep every night
3. Manage your time: Too much of anything can be bad for you, so work out a plan to manage your time so that you can get your work done and have time to yourself.
4. Have fun: It is important to take a break from your problems every now and then, and allow yourself time to do things you enjoy doing.
5. Keep healthy: Choose vitamin rich foods to keep your body and mind balanced, and avoid caffeine which can increase feelings of anxiety and agitation.
6. Talk about it: It has been said that "a problem shared is a problem halved." It can really help to just talk to someone you trust. Chances are, someone has experienced something similar and can offer advice or a friendly ear.
7. Controlled breathing: Can promote feelings of calm, lower blood pressure and help you de-stress by balancing your nervous system.
Unhealthy Consequences of Relieving Stress the Wrong Ways
1. mood changes
2. lack of concentration
4. panic attacks
9. withdrawing from others
Where You Can Get Help