3 Tips for Teens Feeling Stressed

With school in full motion, there is no shortage of stressful situations. Sometimes we get so stressed out that it is hard to think straight. We can often get irritated, snap at people and generally feel miserable.  At times adults can minimize the stress that a teen is experiencing, but when you are in a whirlwind of tests, emotions, social pressure, and family chaos, life can be legit stressful. Don’t give up, there are ways to cope!

3 Tips for Handling Stress

  1. Exercise! Exercising when you feel stressed out helps relieve tension and energy in your body. It helps clear your mind as well. When we exercise, endorphins are released. Endorphins are a chemical released in our body that helps elevate our mood.
  1. Ask for help. Whether it’s a parent, a friend, a youth leader or pastor, asking for help with the thing that stresses you out can be a big help. Sometimes we like to think we can do it all alone but we can’t. Sometimes we need to swallow our pride and ask those around us for help.
  1. Breathe! Our breath controls a lot of how we hold stress and emotion in ourselves. We breath heavy when we are anxious and stressed out. Being mindful of our breath, how fast or shallow we are breathing can help to slow your breath down. When we slow our breath down our muscles relax, you can think clearer as well!  You can find breathing apps like this one: 
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Even though you may feel stressed out, you are not helpless. There are usually people who are willing to help you and there are ways you can help yourself.  You can reach out to a teacher, a pastor, a counselor, your parents, or a friend. God wants us to be whole, healthy people in both body and mind and stress can cause harm to our health. The more you know how handle and relieve stress, the healthier you will be.

Next Steps:

  • Check out the breathing app in the article above to learn how to calm your body.
  • Reach out to a counselor if needed: 
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