Stress Management

By Tyler Miller

Definition of stress

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

Examples of teen stress

  1. Academic stress
  2. Social stress
  3. Financial stress
  4. Stress due to family problems
  5. Romantic relationships
  6. Stress due to physical or physiological changes
  7. Unhealthy competition
  8. Low self esteem
  9. Traumatic events
  10. Changes in routine
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Positive ways to manage stress

  1. Eat regularly and exercise regularly
  2. Stay away from alcohol, drugs, caffeine
  3. Always stay close to people who bring positivity in you
  4. Develop a hobby, which can help you feel good and relax your mind
  5. Learn meditation and relaxation techniques
  6. Don’t over stress yourself with perfection
  7. Make your mind strong and try to avoid any negative or conflicting thoughts
  8. Always smile and have a positive attitude
  9. Proper sleep is very important and under no circumstance should be avoided
  10. Find out the causes of your stress and try to be proactive in dealing with them
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Negative ways to manage stress

  1. Self-Harm/ Suicide
  2. Alcoholism
  3. Caffeine
  4. Compulsive spending
  5. Emotional eating
  6. Drugs
  7. Isolating yourself from society
  8. Violence
  9. Blaming
  10. Yelling at others/ Anger
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Effects of stress

Physical signs

  1. Not being hungry
  2. Feeling sick
  3. Gaining or losing weight
  4. Feeling more tired than usual
Mental signs

  1. Getting lost in thoughts and conversations
  2. Finding hard to concentrate and stay focused
  3. Making errors in judgements
  4. Having difficulty in remembering things
  5. Getting irrational and confused
  6. Having trouble organizing and planning things
Behavioral signs

  1. Seeming nervous or anxious
  2. Withdrawing from friendship groups and activities
  3. Eating more comfort food
  4. Sleeping for a long time
  5. Wanting to be by herself more than usual
  6. Eating less
  7. Refusing to go to school or college
  8. Crying
  9. Having less energy than usual
  10. Having emotional ups and downs for no reason
  11. Drinking more caffeine products and taking over-the-counter painkillers
  12. Least care about appearance
  13. Being aggressive
  14. Behaving differently in relation with parents

Statistics on teen stress

    1. 31% of teens reported feeling overwhelmed
    2. 30% reported feeling sad or depressed, as a result of their stress
    3. 36% of teens report feeling tired
    4. 23% report skipping a meal due to stress

    Facts on teen stress

    1. Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat
    2. 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
    3. Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame
    4. Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver cirrhosis, and suicide
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