How To Manage Stress: Tips From a Teen

Stress. Amidst this whole pandemic, this word has been all over our minds. Chronic stress can lead to many mental and physical health problems such as depression and heart disease. This stress can be what is keeping you up at night, and affecting your well being. You are not alone. If you are a teenager, stress is the number one health concern among high schoolers. 73% of people have stress that is impactful on their mental health. Some signs of stress are irritability, hopelessness, self-neglect, and personality change. Stress is healthy and everyone experiences it at some point in their life, if not every day. You just need to learn how to cope with it. Here are some tips on alleviating that stress you’ve got hanging over your head.

1. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to manage stress. Just a couple of minutes of intentional breathing can have a great impact on your day, whether that’s at home, school, or work. Meditation helps you prioritize, and eliminate stress. There are many online programs, videos, and apps to choose from. Meditation is a great way to start and end your day.



2. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. When you exercise, endorphins are released. Endorphins are those “feel good” chemicals in your body. They give you a happiness booster. You should try to get in 30 minutes of exercise per day. That does not have to be lifting 100 lbs weights or doing HITT programs. It could be walking your dog in the park or going for a jog around the neighborhood. These little things can help you reduce stress.


3. Journaling

Journaling is an amazing way to diminish stress. Just writing down how you feel can be very helpful. Journaling can help you set and achieve goals that may be causing you stress. It gives you an opportunity to self-reflect on things in life. Journaling is great for all people, and is an amazing way to deal with stress.


4. Music

Listening to music can be a great solution for managing your stress. When you listen to music you release the hormone dopamine, which is another one of those “feel-good” hormones. When you listen to music with someone else, another hormone called prolactin is released. Prolactin is the hormone that bonds people together. Listening to music can do great things to your body, which can allow you to just relax. Music is an exceptional form of diminishing stress and anxiety.


5. Talking to friends, family, or a therapist

Talking to another person can be great to alleviate stress. It does not have to be a therapist; it could be your friends or family members. Even your dog. Talking to someone about your problems can help you forget about your stress, and the person you are talking to can help you fix it. Therapy is a great way to alleviate chronic stress. A therapist can help you find ways to manage all that stress. Talking to someone is a great way to alleviate stress.


NAMI: Teens & Young Adults

The Recovery Village: Stress Facts and Statistics 

WebMD: Stress Symptoms

-Rayhan K

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