Stress Management

stress


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


common stressors of teens

  • grades
  • college
  • boyfriend/girlfriend
  • friend drama
  • meeting parent expectations
  • lack of sleep
  • try outs
  • extra-curricular activities
  • fitting in
  • class rank

common stressors of adults

  • job
  • paying bills
  • losing a loved one
  • divorce
  • deadlines
  • family conflict
  • taking care of a elderly/sick family member
  • raising kids
  • meeting financial expectations
  • moving


Some of these stressors are common between teens and adults. While teens have not taken on the load of a full time job, marriage, or raising a family, they still deal with family conflict and meeting expectations of their teachers, family, or friends.

negative impact

Stress can be harmful to your health. Being under stress for long period of time can make you age more quickly, more prone to illness, become depressed, have higher blood pressure, gain/lose weight, etc.

positive impact

While stress mostly had negative impacts, it can also have a positive influence. Stress can be a motivatior. When it feels like you have too much on your plate, you make work at a faster pace to knock out some of the items on your to-do list so that you will no longer be stress. Stress can also help the brain focus, acting as a cognitive enhancer. Some people preform better under stress. As well as improving your brain function, stress can also increase your physical performance and endurance. This is because it causes the release of adrenaline which speeds up your heart rate and so your metabolism.

stress reduction techniques

  • meditation
  • sit up straight and focus on breathing
  • laugh
  • exercise
  • listen to music
  • take a shower
  • take a nap
  • make a list/cross of things you've already accomplished
  • talk to a friend
  • eat healthy

guidelines to a low-stress lifestyle

  • Eat healthy- this will improve your health, reduce stress, and make you feel good about the way you're handling your life.
  • Get moving- do something each day to be active — walk, hike, play a sport, go for a run, do yoga. It doesn’t have to be grueling to reduce stress. Just move. Have fun.
  • Declutter- when you have less mess, you'll feel like your life is more together.
  • Be early- running late can cause stress.
  • Find a creative outlet- having a hobby that you can turn to when you're stressed will get your mind off of your stress. This could be journaling, painting, or playing an instrument.
  • Simplify your schedule- A hectic schedule is a major cause of high stress. Simplify by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones.
  • Get enough sleep- make sleep a priority in your schedule so that you can perform to your fullest the next day.
  • Live by lists- having a list of everything you need to do can help you with time management. Crossing off each item as you complete it is also satisfying.
  • Don't waste time- good time management will help you get things done and reduce stress.
  • Have fun- participating in activities that you love or engaging with people that you connect with will help you enjoy your life.

stressful life events for teens

Failing a Test- Failing a test will cause stress for a teen because they will most likely be dissapointig their parents and will have to work harder for the next test to make up for the failing grade.

Breakups- Relational conflict is a huge stressor. Going from talking to someone (boyfriend/girlfriend) 24/7 to not taking at all can cause emptiness and confusion in a teen's life. Change is hard to deal with when you're already stressed with everything else thrown at you.

Recieving Class Rank- Teens, especially at Flower Mound, are constantly worried about their class rank because academics is very competitive. Finding out class rank after each 9 weeks can cause a lot of stress. Not being in the range that you want to be in is stressful because you feel like you're behind and need to catch up.

Overloaded Schedule- Teens often try to juggle too many activities and responsibilities. Between managing school, homework, sports, clubs, work, and a social life, there is little time for sleep.

websites for guidance on stress

Best and Worst Ways to Deal with Stress- find out what you're doing wrong in terms of coping and what you could do instead to help

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20765943,00.html


20 Stress Reducing Tips- find what works best for you

http://psychcentral.com/lib/20-tips-to-tame-your-stress/


Ways that Stress is Effecting your Body

http://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body