STRESS MANAGEMENT

DYLAN PARKMAN

DEFINITION OF STRESS

Pressure or tension exerted on a material object.

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EXAMPLES OF TEEN STRESS

  1. Grades/GPA
  2. Tests
  3. College
  4. Finals week
  5. Expectations
  6. Pressure to do well
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POSITIVE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS

  1. Put on some music and dance around
  2. Take your dog for a walk
  3. Walk or cycle to the grocery store
  4. Use the stairs at home or work rather than an elevator
  5. Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way
  6. Pair up with an exercise partner and encourage each other as you workout
  7. Play ping-pong or an activity-based video game with your friends
  8. Learn how to say "no"
  9. Avoid people who stress you out
  10. Take control of your environment
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NEGATIVE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS

  1. Smoking
  2. Drinking too much
  3. Bingeing on on junk or comfort food
  4. Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
  5. Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
  6. Using pills or drugs to relax
  7. Sleeping too much
  8. Procrastinating
  9. Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  10. Taking out your stress on other (lashing out, angry outburst, physical violence)
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EFFECTS OF STRESS

  1. Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress
  2. Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints
  3. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety
  4. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace
  5. The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorders is more than 50% often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions
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STATISTICS ON TEEN STRESS

  1. School work (68%)
  2. Parents (56%)
  3. Friends' problems (52%)
  4. Romantic relationships (48%)

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FACTS ON TEEN STRESS

  1. Most high school students consider cheating OK
  2. One in five teens qualify as clinically depressed
  3. Stress ups the suicide rate...
  4. ...oh, and self-harm, too
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