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Do Teens Suffer from Stress?

Most people associate stress with adults and seniors.

It is a fact that more and more teens and young children are also dealing with stress. Teenagers today have more pressure placed on them than ever before. Examples of that could be that they are expected to be more social, or they feel pressured to excel at school.

Young children spend more time today with their friends than you may have done at the same age. While it is great for them to be social and interact with others, there is also a downside to this.

Today’s teenagers are often pressured into trying out drugs, smoking and even having sex at an early age. The use of drugs and alcohol by under aged children is on the rise, and this can lead to other problems. The fear of not being one of the “in crowds” is huge and pushes teens to do things they usually wouldn’t.

Scared ChildThis had led to report of groups of boys raping young school girls, of children being bullied and more. In many cases, the consequences have been devastating for everyone involved. The victims have been driven to end their lives and the perpetrators end up in juvenile detention centers or even in jail.

The pressure of getting good grades and homework can add stress to any child. With so much competition for jobs, teens are pressured to attend college and university and strive for that perfect career. It can be hard for any young teen to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, let alone choose their career path.

All of these choices can become a burden in teens. When the pressure gets too high, they can start to rebel in different ways. Many will act out with behavior that is unnatural for them. They may become sick more often, eat more, gain weight, or just start to withdraw into themselves.

Parents sometimes unknowingly pressure their children with good intentions. They enroll them into lots of after school programs, which only increases their burden. They actually have less time to get their homework done and often offset this by not sleeping enough. Lack of sleep can cause stress and other mental health related issues.

If you suspect that your teen is suffering with stress, find a way to talk to them about it, and offer them options for dealing with it. This may be just to opt out of some after school activities, or they may prefer to talk to a school counselor. By providing teens with opportunities, they will have choices that they can make.

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Teenagers do suffer from stress!

Dealing with Stress and Coping in the 21st Century

Modern day life is so fast paced that it leads to increasing episodes of stress.

It is quite common for each one of us to experience stress, be it the workplace or at home. While it is not possible to eliminate stress altogether, we can survive by changing our response to stressing and how we deal with it.

Nervous and StressedWhen you are constantly under pressure, not only are you facing mental strain, but your body also become dysfunctional and suffer physically. Stress might have antagonistic effects on your health and your general health might go south. You might be easily affected by hypertension, heart ailments and problems like diabetes, eating disorders, etc.

For this reason, it is essential to get pressure head on and deal with it and head to reduce stress levels. Let us now learn a few steps to help control and cope with stress.

Understand the Cause for Stress

Many people worry for anything and everything. Sometimes they do not even realize they are worrying and are getting stressed out. If you are feeling stressed, understand why you are feeling stressed. Sometimes the cause is so trivial that you will understand that you need not be stressed for that cause. So, by understanding the cause for stress, you may be able to eliminate the stress altogether.

Forget Your Worries

Sometimes it is essential to let go of everything and forget your worries. Find something else to do so that you are not worrying. Find time to pursue a hobby, go on a vacation, play a sport, sing if you can, etc are some of the ways that people try to eliminate stress and cope with it.

Do not fret about Things you have any Control Over

Some people are stressed because of some general occurrence such as a calamity, the traffic situation while driving, how your local team performed in the annual meet, etc. Understand that this is a situation where you have no say and avoid getting stressed due to such reasons.

Healthy Food Can Reduce StressEat Right

Stress can cause severe disturbances to eating habits. While some might skip meals altogether, others might tend to overeat. Eat right! This is essential to help you cope up with stress and be able to deal with it.

Exercise will help you relieve stress as this is a major stress buster. Not only will it help eliminate stress, it will also help you overcome problems associated with stress like hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes, etc.

In the course of our everyday life stress is a serious problem that each and everyone. It is possible to alter the way we react to stress and thus not get into many health problems that are associated with increased stress, although we cannot eliminate stress from our lives.