Being a Teen is Tough
Stop the Stress!
By Jillian Bietz
Though the flowers may be blooming and the sun may be shining in the clear blue sky, as spring approaches, many teenagers are too busy or stressed out to even notice! Between all the tests, homework, and dealings with friends and family, being a teenager is tough. In fact, sometimes it feels like there is barely enough time in the day to breathe. So put down that SAT booklet, turn off the computer and start relaxin' with these comforting tips.
Take a warm bath: if you are feeling creative, you can even concoct a homemade bubble bath!
Cup of Tea: Unlike coffee, which stimulates our brains, the soothing effects of hot herbal tea are endless. Try to omit any additives though- lumping in the sugar or adding sweetener can decrease the benefits of tea leaves.
Talk to a friend: Sometimes, talking to someone who has been in your shoes, or is currently in a similar situation can be reassuring. Over lunch, on the phone or even between classes, it's relieving to share your uncertainties and problems instead of bottling them up inside, which isn't very pleasant for you or those around you!
Play with a pet: Studies show that playing with a pet can reduce tension and sadness. So if you can't remember the last time you played fetch with Scruffy, head outside and have a ball! And when both of you are tuckered out, give yourselves a treat!
Take a walk: You know what they say- take a hike! There's nothing more peaceful than enjoying nature on a crisp, clear day. Even a brisk jaunt will put you in a better mood! If you want, bring a camera and take pictures of your journey. A grasshopper, flower gardens, a broken, abandoned fence- there is beauty all around us; it's just a matter of looking for it.