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Teen Stress

February 25, 2013
By Christian Jones of South Houston High School

Teenagers today lead more hectic lives than ever, and with a chaotic lifestyle comes the higher chance of stress. In some ways, teenagers experience stress more than adults with the pressures of schooling, after school jobs, relationships, self-esteem issues, etc….the list goes on and on. Since TAKS and STARR is right around the corner, Trojan News thought that we’d share some tension- relieving tips on how to relax and cope with your anxiety

  • Exercise and eat regularly -  exercising and eating healthy meals releases endorphins,  which instantly gives you a boost in happiness
  • Avoid excessive caffeine intake because it can increase feelings of anxiety and agitation
  • Avoid illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Each of these vices provides a temporary form of relief. It won’t solve any of your issues that are deep-rooted within yourself.
  • Practice abdominal breathing  and muscle relaxation techniques
  • Learn practical coping skills, such as taking a large chore and breaking it down into smaller, more reasonable tasks
  • Decrease negative self-talk and try to think more positively
  • Build a strong network of friends that can depend on to be there for you in times of need

If you think you might be overly stressed, reach out to your parents and tell them how you feel.  Inadequately managed stress can lead to aggression, depression, substance abuse, self- harm, physical illness, and even suicide. If you think you might be at risk, please contact 1-800-784-2433 or 1- 800-273- 8255 for more help. Hope these tips helped!


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