Stress Management

Definition of Stress

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Examples of teen stress

Things that cause stress to teens are:

  • Homework/School
  • Parents/Family
  • Social Life Time
  • Sports
  • Money

Positive ways to manage stress

  • Listen to music
  • Take a shower or a bath
  • Watch a movie or TV show
  • Play a video game
  • Exercise
  • Hang out with friends
  • Take a nap
  • Drawing
  • Sports
  • Talking with your family or a counselor
  • Take a break from whatever is stressing you out

10 negative ways to manage stress

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Spending too much time on electronics
  • Procrastinating
  • Hitting stuff
  • Sleeping too much
  • Taking out your anger on others
  • Yelling

10 effects of stress

  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Accelerated aging
  • Premature death


  • Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress is 77%
  • 33% of people feel like they are living with extreme stress
  • 48% are reported lying awake at night due to stress
  • 76% said that money and work was the lead cause of stress


  • Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat
  • While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event
  • The top three stressful cities in America are Chicago, Ilinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York.
  • Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame