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Teens and Stress

Teens and Stress (via pixabay) 

Stress is unavoidable and must be addressed. It's not something that can be just hidden away inside your mind. Stress can affect your health both in a negative and positive way. Teens often deal with their stress in very different ways, if not handled correctly it can result in emotional distress. I've found that teens find themselves under stress because of school, their social life and how they deal with everyday stress. 

If stress isn't handled correctly it's possible that bad things can be the result of that choice. For Example, if someone is stressed because they're an accountant and they need to meet quarterly demand and they're behind, they can find themselves stressed to meet the quota. In this example, if stress isn't handled properly the accountant could find themselves having outbursts and being on what I would call an emotional rollercoaster. They might be yelling at one moment then crying the next. Stress when bottled up, which is often what people do, unfortunately, leaves them feeling rather bipolar (a mental illness in which many factors are visible, including being on an emotional rollercoaster). This accountant might usually be more relaxed but when the quarterly quotas come around, he might feel more stressed than his usual self.

Stress for teens

Teens, in particular, are under stress a lot. In fact, according to Psychology Today, they have a higher rate of depression and anxiety. These two things go almost alongside stress, especially if it's put alongside school. A highschooler would typically be a teen. They find themselves having a ton of homework to do, dealing with social issues like isolation due to their mobile devices. Students will find themselves isolated because they're doing homework and not all teachers assign the same thing so they can't work on it with friends. They then end up doing their homework at home, alone, generally in their rooms. This makes them feel disconnected and unable to talk to their friends because they know they'll end up losing to much time. They also can sometimes stay awake at night because they're freaking out before a test. They don't know how they'll do on it and how it's going to look. This causes them to feel unhappy and tired for the upcoming test. Having these factors all piled onto each other with a family that is somewhat dysfunctional would be enough to make some teenagers just drop out. It's something that happens to a few kids, they'll drop out of school because they just can't handle everything it's tossing at them. Imagine a 16-year-old student in high school, he's got his iPhone and enjoys going on social media. He's helping his parents out with money when he can but he hides away at lunch to do the homework he can't do when he works. This causes him to not have stimulation around people his own age. He feels unhappy and often becomes irritable around people. This is sometimes the case for students and they need to have the tools to handle these stresses properly.

Stress, like everything, has the good and the bad to it. It can be good someone who needs to catch the bus on time or they'll miss that day or school and bad for someone who's always falling behind quota and really needs the job that they're working at. The bad health implications of stress can be bad for the heart. However, if stress is handled in a different way, specifically thought about in a positive manner by which it's used as a motivator to fight procrastination. If teens were to think differently about the stress in their lives, especially at school, they could find themselves being a bit more productive and work faster to ensure that they get that much wanted/needed free time.  Being stressed doesn't need to mean that you're not healthy, it can be more of a booster for confidence. If a teen was to repurpose all those feelings of depression, anxiety, and general stress, they can be better workers. 

Stress doesn't have to be negative but it does have both negative and positive attributes. If handled incorrectly it can cause someone to feel and somewhat be, emotionally unstable. It's also unavoidable, stress is everywhere, it's how we deal with it that matters.

By Michael Normandin

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