Written by Ashley Reeves
Tired of having multiple mental breakdowns throughout the day? Tired of being that girl in class who cries all the time from stress? Well here are some how-to’s on releasing that horrible stress and getting back to sanity.
Many studies have shown how stress has affected teenagers school work and social life. “Teens who exercised at least once a week reported lower stress than their peers” (Washington Post 2014). Exercising with a friend or by yourself lowers your stress; it sends endorphins to your brain making you feel good and happy while being healthy *wink wink*. Student LJ Gray stated “to lower my stress, I do any physical activity I can. Mostly running but also running football drills.”
- Go outside
Have an eno? Perfect! Go down to the river, forest, or heck even your backyard. Just go outside and listen to the sounds around you, breathe in the fresh air, and relax your mind. Being outside lowers your levels of cortisol, a hormone used to identify stress. Give your body and mind a break, it’ll thank you later.
Not the physical or outdoors-y type? No problem. Laughing is a natural stress reliever. Just the feeling of anticipating laughter reduces stress tremendously. Didn’t have a reason to go home and watch Netflix all day? Now you do. Next time a parent asks what you are doing, you are able to calmly say’ “reducing my stress, it’s for my health.” Can’t argue with that. I’d suggest Friends on Netflix.
4. Me Time
Nothing is more important than taking time for yourself. You can pamper yourself by taking a nice bubble bath with natural diffusers. A few other possible self-care activities is to get your nails done, clean your room, do a fun face mask, as well as any of the previous three things mentioned.