Stress: Ways to Cope

by Kat Polk

Anyone who has ever been stressed understands that it’s not fun. Stress is your body’s natural reaction to a challenge or demand, but is incredibly unhealthy and can cause anxiety. It can also cause negative emotions, such as frustration and anger. Too much stress can even cause physical health problems. A high stress person is less likely to live as long as a low stress person. Luckily, there are many ways to cope with it and prevent it. 

Preventing Stress

In order to prevent getting stressed, it’s important to understand what causes it. Stress can be caused by things such as insanely long to-do lists and massive amounts of homework. While it is impossible to get rid of homework and to-do lists, it is possible to reduce the stress that it brings. It helps to look at a to-do list or assignment in smaller chunks instead of looking at it as a whole. For example, with a to-do list, look at it as one task at a time, and rewarding yourself after you complete each step.

The main cause of stress is procrastination and poor time management. It can be incredibly stressful to try and write an entire essay in one night. By beginning your assignments as soon as they are assigned, you give yourself more time to work on it. Also, if you use a planner to keep track of your assignments and due dates, you can have better time-management, and therefore less stress.

Reducing Stress

The ability to reduce stress is a necessary skill to have. Things like exercise, meditation, and eating healthy can all help with this. If you have a lot of assignments, find some time to take breaks and relax. You can relax by doing something that you enjoy such as reading, going outdoors, or spending time with your family. It is best to avoid social media during your time of relaxation, as it can cause unnecessary stress.

Exercising regularly can also help reduce stress. If you exercise, you are likely to feel healthier and happier, and therefore less stressed. Simple ten minute workouts each day can do the trick. Stretching can also improve your physical health and it can be relaxing. By exercising and stretching, you improve your health and mood, allowing you to feel better and be less stressed.

Another way to prevent stress is to sleep. The average teenager needs 9.5 hours of sleep, but they only gets 7 hours. Sleep-deprivation can put you into a negative mood, thus causing more stress. Sometimes it can help to take a short nap after school or go to bed at an earlier time.

The main reason that teens do not get enough sleep is because they have to wake up early for school. Make sure you have a specific time to get up and go to bed at a set time to get the necessary amount of sleep. For example if you wake up at 6:00 in the morning, you would need to go to bed at 8:30 to get a full nine and a half hours of sleep.

By using these tips and tricks, you will be less stressed, and overall happier.