Teens and Anxiety.

Hello readers!

It’s wrong to think that only adults suffer from anxiety or stress. While the teen years can be exciting, fun, more partying, and little or no responsibilities, it can also bring hard times.

As a teen, parents expect more of you, teachers demand more of you, friends want more commitments from you, and society expects you to live up to her standards.

Most stress management interventions have focused on providing assistance and resources to help adults manage stress and its effect better.

The teens are given little thoughts. But guess what, they lack the psychological strength to survive the distress.

They blunder on, repeating the same mistake day after day. They muddle into one mess after another.

They try to face and manage their problems alone.

They try to limp along without doing anything about it. But the anxiety lingers and reflects in their grades, friendships and their health.

Teens become increasingly aware of their strengths, weaknesses as they grow up. They try to find answers to their nagging thoughts; ” Am I pretty enough? Am I as attractive to boys as other girls? Am I as popular? As intelligent? As good-looking?

They become dissatisfied with their looks, body shape, and size. You often hear some say, ” I look awful, I’m so clumsy, I’m a loser, I’m such a screw-up, my body causes me to be self-conscious”.

All these negative self-talks make them feel miserable and inferior.

Any of these can also throw a young person into the dumps;

  • molestations
  • trailing a course
  • a fallout with a friend
  • losing an important competition
  • a relationship that fizzles out
  • departure or separation such as going to college
  • an overwhelming academic workload
  • low body image or self-esteem, among many others.

Who Can Help?

Personnel and resources are available to help teens recover from mild anxieties and beat the blues. They are;

  • Parents, friends, and relatives

A strong social support is a great way to reduce anxiety. An honest and a straight talk with a parent, or a trusted friend can help.

Most teens feel more at ease talking about their problems with others of their own age.

  • A therapist.

These are professionals fully trained to assist persons who suffer from mild distress and severe emotional upset.

They have a variety of methods to help their patients to live in a better and more satisfying way.

  • A medical doctor

A physician may prescribe depressants or stimulants or other drugs to help their patients get through emotional turmoil.

These drugs lift depressed persons out of low moods and help them recover faster and live a more normal life.

  • A mental coach or a spiritual person.

Thanks for reading!

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5 Habits of Effective Stress Managers During Holidays.

Hello readers!

I have gathered a few rich habits effective stress managers share in common during holidays.

Enjoy!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year but it also brings many responsibilities from shopping for gifts to attending social gatherings which can leave you exhausted and overwhelmed.

You will always have stress and the holidays are no exception. The key is how you manage it better with healthy habits.

It’s a bad idea to resort alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes or drugs to relax. It may provide temporary relief, but it won’t make the stress disappear.

Practice these stress-beating tips stress-free individuals use to minimise their high levels of stress during holidays.

 1. They get counseling

When they realize stress relaxation techniques and tips are not working best, they seek professional help. They make appointments with a therapist or mental health counselor for guidance to minimise their stress.

Share your anxiety with a therapist, or a person from your inner circle.

2. They eat right and exercise.

Most people take ill and gain more pounds during holidays. That is not the case for effective stress managers, they strictly follow their dietary and exercise regimen to stay fit and healthy.

Practice yoga, a light jogging or aerobic exercise to release pent-up stress.

3. They stick to a budget.

It’s not a bad idea to go on a spending spree during holidays. But after the period, most people get themselves into debts. Effective stress managers set spending limits to spend reasonably.

Plan ahead before shopping and set limits on your expenses.

4. They learn how to say “no”.

Stress managers refuse to accept more responsibilities that they can’t cope. They know their strengths and limits and stick to them. Trying to cram more activities into their already tight schedule can leave them exhausted.

Say no extra holiday activities, it saves you a great deal of burnout.

5.  They get enough sleep.

Effective stress managers do not undervalue the importance of sleep during holidays. They get between 6 and 8 hours sleep a night. And during the day they become more active to run their activities.

Get adequate sleep to save you from the discomfort of a headache or a migraine.

Thanks for reading.

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 6 Tips to Reduce Christmas Stress.

Hey there!

I’ve got something interesting to share today:  “Christmas Stress”.

December is a season where the majority of us take break from work, college, and other responsibilities, but for many, it is a month of stress!

The holidays are the time to spend with your families, inner circles and get in touch with old and distant friends.

You wouldn’t want the expectations, the activities and the demands of this season to make your holidays go awry.

Here are some of the tips to reduce the stress.

  1. Connect with family.

 If relocation to a city, marital break-up, or work has separated you from your loved ones, take on the phone and the social media to stay connected.

You can also decide to join a community church to enjoy their activities season such as carols night, picnics or visitation to charity homes for the festive period.

It’s worth it! don’t find yourself solo.

2. Focus on your health.

Discipline yourself to stick to your healthy, regular routines. Eat healthy food, get enough sleep, exercise, and practice relaxation techniques ( meditation, breathing, yoga).

3. Spend less on gifts.

 The cost of gifts and food, the expectations of spending big can make your Christmas a stressful time.

What one person may perceive as stress the other may shrugged it off. If spending too much will give you a headache, make homemade presents for friends and family. I’m not encouraging you to spend sparingly but make a budget  so that you don’t overspend.

4 Plan or prioritize your day.

Don’t confuse movement with progress. Remember that just because you’re doing a lot more, doesn’t mean you’re getting more done.

Denzel Washington.

Make a “To-Do-List” at the beginning of each day to know your goals and work towards them.

Categorise your activities into “A” ( most important), “B” (important, but can be put off for a while) or “C” ( not time sensitive, can be put off ) and have control over your day.

5 Get help.

Chances are if you have struggled to deal with your stress throughout the year, you will fail to do it now. December is a holiday period but also one of the busiest months.

Get advice from your doctor, therapist, mental health coach or a religious or spiritual leader to manage the stress.

 Go on a trip.

For many  December marks a splendid opportunity to take a leave from their job. You may be bored by the monotonous routines and traditions of celebrating Christmas in your neighborhood.

There is a host of cozy holiday cottages, villas, chateaus, and chalets in every corner of the globe free from traffic, pollution and noise and with good services to entertain your family during the festive period.

Lest before I forget, another great way to stay stress-free is to share some of your work or responsibilities with others. Ask your kiddos, a family or a friend to help you out with your activities.

Hope these tips work for you!

Happy holidays! ☺

20 Warning Signs of Stress You Shouldn’t Ignore.

Hey, hope you guys enjoyed your day!

Today, I have gathered some of the subtle and apparent signs of stress.

Stress has physical, emotional and psychological effects on us. It affects our moods, behaviors, activities. It can create positive/negative feelings.

Stress attack can take different forms, from burnout to significant weight change.

Be on the lookout for these 20 signs and symptoms of stress.
 1. Withdrawal from people and certain situations.

 2.  Recurrent flashback, dreams and intrusive thoughts.

 3.  Being overly vigilant/ easily startled.

 4. Cutting, grinding teeth.

5. Difficulty breathing, sighing.

 6. Insomnia, nightmares.

 7. Feeling anxiety, guilt, nervous.

 8. Increased frustrating, irritability.

 9.  Cold or sweaty hands/ feet.

 10. Lightheadedness, dizziness.

 11. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion.

 12. Trouble learning new information.

 13. Lashing out, angry outburst.

 13. Negative self-image, self-criticism.

 14. Reduced work productivity.

 15. Frequent blushing and sweating.

 16. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms.

17. Feeling overwhelmed.

18. Difficulty in making decisions.

19. Overaction to petty annoyance.

20. Less motivated to do things you once enjoyed.

Thanks for reading!😃

7 Tips to Reduce Stress in College.

Stress and anxiety are everywhere! Stress is something you can’t entirely avoid. It’s observed that along with secretaries, office managers, waiters/ waitress, students also suffer great deal of stress.
When stress gets to be intense, chronic and unmanaged, it can take a toll on your health and may reflect in your academic grades.

Follow these simple tips to help relieve the pressure.

1 Take a nap.

The best way to stay active and stress-free after depriving yourself good night’s sleep is to take a short nap. If the stress lingers, change your bedtime and sleep at a regular time.

2 Don’t procrastinate.

Like all professionals, students are also in the habits of putting off assignments/ projects for some other day. Procrastination doesn’t cause stress directly. A student may become increasingly stressed and frustrated as the deadline for an assignment approaches.He, therefore, works long hours and very hard just to finish the task. In this situation, he becomes even more stressful.

Never put off something you can do today!

3 Take a walk with friends.

Hanging out with friends is a good way to relieve the pressure on your shoulders. Engage in wild conversation. Talk about your families, movies, songs or sports.

4 Practice yoga

Yoga is a mind-body practice. It may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Anyone can practice yoga. Give it a try.

5 Meditate.

Reduce stress while learning to love and trust yourself to bring inner peace with simple meditation techniques. The good news is that you can practice meditation wherever you are – whether you’re out for a walk, on your way to lectures, or even in the middle of a class.

6 Daydream.

If stress has you tensed, worried or anxious, consider taking few minutes of your schedule and spend time in your imagination. Allow your mind to wander.

Fantasize about reaching your goals or receiving a standing ovation for emerging as the best student in your class.

7 Listen to your favorite music

Listening to music especially slow, quiet, classical music and singing along can release tension. Calming music before studies can reduce burnout and improve your mood to learn.

Give it all a try!

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