Do you have days when you feel that everything is out of control? Or some days you
feel burned out, crabby, pressured, wired and panicky? Perhaps others comment that
you are cranky, restless, wound-up and moody. There are so many things going on:
from class work and family responsibilities, to friends and planning your future.
Being a teen in this day and age isn’t like any
other previous generations. There are a lot of pressures to deal with, but there
are also more ways for you to help you conquer your anxiety and stress.
In a recent study, over 60 percent of teenage
girls complained of feeling stressed. Three out of four agree that school is the
No. 1 contributor to teenage stress. The list of culprits includes lack of sleep,
parental expectations, self-esteem issues, siblings, boyfriends and dating, looking
good enough, and, of course, peer pressure.
The most common symptoms of teenage stress are
irritability, headache, nausea, fatigue, increased heart rate, and a pessimistic
outlook. Your grandma's right when she says you're making yourself sick!
Find a good place to start and find the right
person to talk to. It’s normal to be under stress and there are ways to manage it.
When it starts affecting the way you live your daily life, it’s important that you
do something to get it under control. This may involve removing the parts of your
life that are causing you to worry.
Here are some suggestions for how to manage stress:
Talk to Your Parents
If you ever feel like the stress is becoming
too much, be sure to talk to your parents. Outline your problems, give clear examples
of what it is in your life that is stressing you out and seek advice on how to start
resolving these issues.
Reach out to Your Friends
Being able to really vent with your friends can
help you ease some of the stress you’re feeling. Ask your friends if they have felt
this way, too and see how you can get through it together. If your friends are a
part of the problem making you stress, consider whether the friendships should continue.
It may be difficult, but you want to surround yourself with positive people who
help make you a better you.
Release Tension Through Exercise
If letting out all your feelings isn’t your style
— and that’s perfectly OK — find something that allows your mind to get freed up.
Physical activity that allows you to focus your attention on what’s happening in
the moment and not what’s gnawing at the back of your mind can actually help you
out. After breaking a sweat and exerting yourself, you may find that you can think
through your stressors better and sort out what you need to do.
Take control of your life and make it better.
You deserve it!