3 tips to help teens cope with stress: a thread

“More than 9 in 10 Generation Z adults (ages 15-21) said they have experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom because of stress, such as feeling depressed or sad or lacking interest, motivation or energy,” according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Here are 3 tips to break from the barrage of constant fast moving lives to manage your stress in a healthy way.

  1. Make time to unwind: Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Using your hands and your creative brain can be a great way to relieve stress. It helps you focus on the present and create something new. Be it art and craft or playing the guitar, you can truly feel relaxed.
  2.  Throttle your media consumption and get outside: With pandemic in place, everything has become digital. Work from home, online shopping, zoom lectures are things that can be done while sitting in bed. This can be really stressful for the eyes and brain. It is important for one to take an opportunity to get outside and experience nature. Go on a hike, breath fresh air and enjoy various sounds of nature. It is definitely going to be a serene experience!
  3. Decrease negative self-talk: Negative thoughts are common. However you need to challenge them with alternative, neutral, or positive thoughts. “My life will never get better” can be transformed into “I may feel hopeless now, but my life will probably get better if I work at it and get some help.” Affirmations can really help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.