Stress can affect anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Stressors, the things that cause stress, are different for everyone and can cause different levels of stress in everyone. Two examples of things that can cause stress are school and sports.
Short term effects of stress include headaches, nausea, insomnia, and fatigue.
Long term effects include an increased risk of anxiety and depression, heart disease, and memory and concentration impairment.
Fortunately, there are ways to cope with stress. One way is by planning ahead, and creating lists of things that need to get done. This lets people see what is going to happen and what they have to do, and they know exactly how much they can get done before they should ask for help.
- Homework -Do Laundry - Walk Cookie around the neighborhood - Drive sister to Dance
Another way is by simply breathing. Square breathing, where you inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and exhale for 4 seconds, re oxygenates our bodies and brains, and helps you relax a bit.
With these strategies, teens can begin to cope with the amount of stress they are under. If stress becomes to much, however, it might be time to seek professional help.