Teen Stress

(and Stress Management)

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What is It?

Stress -

physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension

How does it affect teens?

Examples of Teen Stress

  1. Homework / School
  2. Parents / Family
  3. Social Life
  4. Time Management
  5. Sports
  6. Other Activities (Dance)

Effects of Stress on Teens

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Can't Sleep
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Pounding Heart
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stomach Ache
  • Heartburn
  • Adrenaline Released into Blood

How to Manage Stress

Positive Methods

  • Listening to music
  • Playing with a pet
  • Exercising
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Go to a concert with a friend
  • Saying no to unnecessary engagements
  • Talking to someone about your feelings
  • Learn time management
  • Try to stay positive
  • Make time for fun and relaxation

Negative Methods

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Bingeing on Junk Food
  • Bingeing on Netflix (or other technologies)
  • Staying in your room for hours
  • Using Drugs
  • Procrastinating
  • Scheduling every minute of the day
  • Taking it out on others
  • Sleeping too much

How Does it Affect Teens Across America?

Teen Stress Statistics (Boys)

  • 25% avoided managing their stress.
  • 23% distracted themselves with other things.
  • 17% sought support for their stress.
  • 35% Actively tried to reduce their stress.

Teen Stress Statistics (Girls)

  • 19% avoided managing their stress.
  • 14% Distracted themselves with other things.
  • 22% sought support for their stress.
  • 45% Actively tried to reduce their stress.

Teen Stress Facts

  • Most High Schoolers think cheating is OK {plagiarizing from the internet, copying answers, etc}
  • 1 in 5 teens qualify as clinically depressed.
  • As school has gotten harder over the decades, suicides and teen stress rates have gone up.
  • Some schools have purged out harder classes (AP Level) in order to attempt to reduce teen stress.
  • Female students feel stress more often and more hard than male students.
  • Girls are more likely to suppress their stress.
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