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Top 5 Tips to Manage Stress for Teens

It can be difficult to maintain a healthy balance between school, homework, a job, extracurricular activities, and other responsibilities that come with being a teenager. A busy life, which many teens have, can put a lot of stress and pressure on an individual and create burnout. Here are 10 tips that can help manage stress and prevent burnout during this stressful school year. 

Planning your time is essential when it comes to stress management. Time management doesn’t mean you have to plan your day around homework and school without any free time, but it can help you manage your free time and your responsibilities while stressing less. A paper planner is a good way to keep track of your obligations. In the planner, you can make a to-do list for the day and write down what homework you might have due or when your next shift is for work.

Music has been proven to lower stress levels and ease the mind of all individuals. On a hard day, what better thing to do than to listen to your favorite songs and sing along to your favorite artists? There are so many different genres of music you have the option to choose from depending on what you might be feeling that day. Faster music is proven to make you stay more alert and gives you the ability to concentrate better. Slower music is proven to calm and ease the mind, decreasing tension and stress. No matter what you’re feeling, there is a song out there for you! 

I know you’re probably tired of hearing it, but making sure that you’re getting enough sleep every night can make a huge difference when it comes to stress. Remember when you were little, and you had nap time? That should still apply even in your teenage years. Your brain needs enough time to cycle out toxins and refresh your mind, making sure you’re good and ready to start the day. 

Your brain can not handle constant busyness all day; that is what’s stressing you out. Make sure throughout the day you’re taking a couple of breaks even if it’s only thirty minutes. A break can be a quick nap, reading a book, taking a walk around the block, or anything you find to be relaxing. Taking breaks allows your mind a chance to calm down and rest for a second without being constantly in action mode all day. 

Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, exercising is a powerful and effective way to reduce stress. During physical activity, your body produces endorphins, which are also known as “feel-good” hormones. These endorphins can improve concentration, mood, and productivity. Exercise can also provide time away from whatever you’re stressed about and can give your mind a little break. 

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