Who You Gonna Call? Stress Busters!

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Feeling stressed in today’s society is pretty much inevitable.

Young people should have everything to be happy about, right?  But the generation that one would think has the least responsibility, actually experiences the most stress.  In fact, studies show a whopping 65% of students feel unhealthy anxiety on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that being a teenager is hard and comes with its own set of difficulties. It’s also no secret that school and the pressure to succeed are becoming larger and larger percentages of these difficulties. While some stress may come from simply being a teenager and its inherent struggles, too much stress is unhealthy.

Stressed-out teenagers can show signs of insomnia, depression, altered eating habits, substance abuse, and other dangerous stress-related symptoms which begs the question:  Could today’s society be putting too much pressure on teens?

Yes, it’s important for parents to push their children to succeed, but it’s also important that the fun of simply being a child isn’t taken away.

Without smart habits for dealing with situations that could be stressful, life can be a whole lot more burdensome that it needs to be. Students may feel tired before the week has barely begun. Being overwhelmed on a daily basis can cause upset stomach, headaches or migraines, or feelings of despair – when everything seems bleak and there is nothing left to give.

It might not seem like it when you’re down, but living a more stress free life is possible, even for adults. There are some really easy ways to beat stress effectively. Here are a few that we can all try that can really make a difference:

1. A varied and healthy diet

Eating fresh ingredients and lots of fruit is really important. Juices filled with vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are said to be good for the immune system which can help reduce stress.

2. Exercise

Doing something athletic at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins which make you feel good. Even a 30 minute walk can help reduce stress levels so everyone needs to ‘get those steps’!

3. Try meditation, yoga or relaxed breathing

It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. Good breathing techniques can put the body in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through the bloodstream, helping you calm down and beat the stress.

4. Sleep (and turn off the electronic devices!)

Sleep is always the best medicine and some people find that small 20-minute naps can help increase productivity.  Teenagers, whose bodies are growing and changing, need even more sleep.

Students tend to spend too much time perusing social media sites and answering texts. Sociability is fun – but too much of it, and too much phone time, can lead to more stress.

5. Listen to music

Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind.  If you’re feeling stressed, try turning on some music while you work to relax and motivate you.

6. Laugh…at lot

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and it’s truly is!  Laughing out loud increases oxygen and blood flow which automatically reduces stress.

7. Make a list

Jot down ideas, tasks and stuff you have to remember, then you won’t have to worry about forgetting.  You will free up your mind for focusing on other things than remembering.

8. One thing at a time

You’ll feel better and less stressed if you do just one thing at a time. If you must multi-task a few things during the day then set some time aside for that.  Single-tasking will allow higher quality results right away and give a sense of accomplishment and relief.

9. Don’t make mountains out of molehills

One of the best ways to make your day and life easier, lighter and less stressful is to not build mountains out of molehills. Try not to create extra drama, overthink or create a problem out of something that doesn’t matter much…or just out of thin air.

10. Spend 80% of your time focusing on a solution

…and only 20% of your time on dwelling on the issue or problem. You’ll live a much more action-filled life and feel less pessimistic and powerless if you do!

11. Ask instead of guessing

Reading minds is impossible.  Misunderstandings will be plentiful if you try to do it.  Communicate instead. You’ll have a lot less unnecessary conflicts, negativity and waste less of your and other people’s valuable time.

12. Make sure you take time to do what you love to do

Learn to get the necessary things done then relax. Prioritize what really matters and carve out time during the weekend or evenings for some downtime. Few things are better at relieving stress and creating positive energy than doing an activity that you love to do.

13. Ask for help and talk it out

This may be the most important thing for us all to remember. You don’t always have to go it alone. Reach out to a friend, a parent, or a teacher and talk about what’s weighing on your mind.  Just letting it out and verbalizing the issue can often help decrease the stress quite a bit… And remember to return the favor when someone else needs a sympathetic ear.

Finding a few favorites among these tips and habits can make a huge difference in taking the first step to living a much lighter and more balanced life.

Sure, there is always going to be a certain amount of stress placed upon us, but it is important to make sure that it does not get out of hand. It is also important not to place too much pressure on teenagers. Certain precautions should be taken to limit the amount of pressure and worry they have in their daily lives, so room is still left for leisure activities and fun.

Who likes anxiety and stress anyway, especially when you’re a teenager and still trying to figure it all out?

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