Stress Reduction For Teenagers
Excerpt From the Revised & Updated Edition of
My Feet Aren’t Ugly
“Stress can do quite a bit of harm to your body and your emotional health. Work on keeping your stress levels low. One way of keeping your stress levels down is by taking care of business. Don’t let things pile up.”
I was Mentoring a 14-year-old the other day and the main topic was the stress she had last year, due to her bad grades. When we got to the root of the problem, it was because she would leave her homework to the last minute and then the anxiety was so bad at that point, that she couldn’t even complete her homework. She had a lot of incomplete assignments, therefore her grades suffered.
The pressure of school is bad enough without compounding it by letting your homework pile up. My suggestion is to commit to coming home after school, grabbing a bite to eat, and then putting in at least 1 hour everyday. Complete your priorities first, and if you don’t have any homework, great go hang out with friends. If you do have homework, no matter how little, do it before you hang out with friends. If you wait until 9:00 at night, you’re more likely to blow it off.
Once you get into this rhythm, it will make your life so much easier and stress free. Having constant stress affects us in our entire life. Here are some of the effects of constant stress:
Our mood is crappy (we start snapping at the people in our lives)
We could get headaches
We might not sleep well
We could get stomachaches
It could affect our grades
It effects our health and well-being. The effects don’t sound so good, do they? I agree. I would much rather be on top of my homework and get decent grades and have fun with my friends because I don’t have anything unfinished hanging over my head. Keep looking at this and try it for a couple of weeks and let me know how it is going for you.
Keep Loving Yourself,
©2007-2011 Debra Beck, EmpoweredTeensandParents.com
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Teen and parenting mentor Debra Beck, who has spent over 20 years working with teens and parents, is a devoted mother, sought-after presenter, and author. She has helped thousands of girls develop their self esteem. She now runs her popular parenting website, EmpoweredTeensandParents.com, publishes the “Empowered Teens and Parents” newsletter, encourages girls to be the best “young women” possible, and gives moms and dads the understanding they need to help their girls mature with pride and confidence. Debra has helped thousands of teenage girls with their self-esteem. Her award-winning book “My Feet Aren’t Ugly: A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out”, has been revised and updated for re-release in September 2011 with Beaufort Books.