What is stress?
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress can come from a variety of factors and is encountered in everyday life.
- Teens can become stressed from homework, tests, peer pressure, family problems, lack of sleep, and relationships
- Stress can make you angry, tired, depressed and other things. Stress can cause you to make bad decisions or say things you regret and can make you irritable and rude.
- Teen stress reaches almost all teens and can tear apart friendships and families.
- 48% of teens say that relationships cause stress, 52% of teens say parents and friends cause stress, and 62% of teens say school work causes stress
- Many teens feel stressed, and 1 in 5 teens qualify as clinically depressed
- The more stressed you are, the more likely you are to commit suicide or self harm
- Some schools have eliminated programs such as AP courses in an attempt to help stop high school stress
- Studies have shown that female students usually experience more stress than their male counterparts
How to manage stress
We all get stressed at some point so it is very important to learn how to manage your stress. Next time you feel stressed keep this tips in mind
- Relax and take a break from what is causing the problem
- Try not to focus on the problem
- Try to focus on other things like school and find ways to have fun
- Simply count to ten
- Go outside and be in nature
- Listen to music
- Talk to a friend to cheer you up
- Be prepared for future problems
- Go to your happy place
- Take a nap
What not to do
When you are stressed there are some things that you will want to avoid as they will only put you in a deeper hole
- Taking it out on friends
- Hurting yourself
- Running away
- Not trying to solve the problem
- Staying around what is stressing you
- Wallowing in your troubles
- Eating away your problems
- Smoking or other vices