Teen Stressors

Teenagers worry...

What puts stress on teens?

  • School pressure and career decisions.
  • Family and/or peer conflicts.
  • Dating and friendships.
  • After-school or summer jobs.
  • Crammed schedules, juggling school, sports, after-school activities, social life, and family conflicts.
  • Pressure to do drugs, alcohol, or sexual activities.
  • Weight, size, or body shape. With the girls, the focus is often weight. With the boys, it is usually being muscular or athleticism.
  • Being bullied or exposed to sexual or violent harassment.
  • Dealing with the physical changes of puberty.
  • Pressure to wear certain types of clothing, jewelry, hairstyle, etc.

Physical Symptoms of Stress

  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • Less energy/tiredness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent colds
  • Nervous habits like biting nails, pacing, ect.
  • Panic attacks

Stress Management

These teens can manage their stress by:

  • Talking about problems with others
  • Take deep breaths and say aloud, "I can handle this."
  • Exercise and eat regular meals
  • Get proper sleep
  • Break the habit of relying on caffeine or other stuff to get you through the day
  • Give up the idea of perfection, both in yourself and in others
  • Schedule breaks and enjoyable activities
  • Focus on what you can control, and let go what you cannot.
  • Lower unrealistic expectations
  • Preform muscle relaxations