How to deal with stress as a teen
This is not an expert advice – these are just the things that I do when I feel stressed – not all of them at once of course. If you feel stressed for a longer period of time and nothing helps, please talk to an expert.
When you are on the edge of detonating
1. Swear like no one’s hearing
2. Punch something
A pillow, the couch, the air.
3. Try spinning
Cycle as fast as you can. As there would be no tomorrow.
4. Chew gum
When chewing our brain thinks we are eating. And we are not eating when we are in danger, right? So the brain waves relax. (Tip: chew strongly in the beginning)
5. Go for a walk
Walk around aimlessly.
When you are calm again but still torn inside
1. Focus on your breathing
In through nose, out through mouth
2. Play with your pet
3. Make lists and to do’s
It helps organizing your thoughts, it is a plan of action if you have a lot of things to do. You will see that some things are not that important, while some take less time to do as you thought.
For me it is better to use paper and pen than my phone, but a phone can do the trick, too.
4. Use a planner
5. Write it out
Write down your negative thoughts then focus on positive affirmations.
6. Art therapy
Color some coloring books.
or master Procreate. I 💕 it!
You can’t create and destroy the same time, they say.
7. Try progressive muscle relaxation
PMR is great in combating somatic symptoms (headache, belly problems) and social anxiety.
8. Take supplements
9. Chew on a bunch of veggies
watch something funny or spend time with funny friends. If you don’t have any, just force yourself in laughing. It will feel strange and weird at first.
11. Say no
Learn to say no – also for yourself. Do not do more than you can handle
12. Stop procrastinating
Stay on top of you tasks and to-dos. Aim for realistic deadlines, work your way down your list gradually.
If you do not want to do anything but you have to, give yourself 5 minutes of concentrated effort to do the job. It is amazing how much can be achievable in just 5 minutes. You will definitely feel better afterwards and who knows, maybe you will not want to stop after the 5 minutes passed.
Cuddle someone you love for at least 20 seconds.
Nobody is home? Cuddle your pet. No pet? Cuddle a stuffed toy. No toy? Cuddle a pillow.
14. Listen to soothing music and breath deeply
Listen to the sound of rain or birds.
No rain, no birds? No problem. You still have Youtube! Find your favorite.
15. Listen to energetic music
and jump around if you feel like to, or box a pillow (before cuddling it)
Or wave your hands around like ya just don’t care!
16. Build a fort
Hide and nap in it
17. Use an online guided relaxation exercise
space relaxation – we are tiny, our problems are tiny compared to space and time, we are connected with present, past and future deep sounds
18. wrap your head tightly
19. wear comfy, soft clothes
20. use calming essential oils
But don’t eat trash.
Try salmon, turmeric, chamomile, dark chocolate, yoghurt, green tea,
turkey, bananas, oats – they have tryptophan amino acid in them that promotes relaxation and anxiety relief
chia seeds – omega-3 fatty acids
almonds – vitamin E
blueberries – antioxidants
22. drink tea ceremonially
24. get more sunlight
It boosts serotonin and fresh air is very soothing.
Any weather will do, I love pouring rain the best but wind comes close second.
25. try to avoid watching too much tv
You will regret later that you spent your time with worthless activity.
26. choose a 30 day exercise program and try to stick to it
It doesn’t need to be hard. Just do some moves consistently. It will elevate your mood and boost your confidence. You can do it!
27. Have a lot of green plants in your room and take care of them.
Taking good care of your plant buddies has healthy benefits for everybody involved: your plants 🌱 and you, too!
Indoor plants 🌱 are commonly used for their aesthetics benefits, but they also have role in reducing pollution in your home!
Fatigue, headache, stress, and cold have all been connected with bad indoor air quality. 🌱
Plants 🌱 also act as natural humidifiers.
So taking care of them is truly a win-win activity.
🌱 🌱 🌱
28. Understand that you don't need to please everybody.
It is impossible to please everyone.
As my Mom always tells me: you can be the most perfect apple in the world if someone likes pears only, you will not have any chance to make them love you.
29. Allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling.
It is okay to be sad. It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to cry or laugh. Let yourself to feel your emotions.
…your desk. And backpack. Your life.
31. Decorate your room...
…as you like it and makes you happy. Make a vision board.
32. Cry if you feel like it
33. Do not compare yourself to others
Try to be the better version of yourself, not a better version of someone else.
34. Don't not compare your life to other people's life
Remember, you can change your path always. Go for your dreams.
35. Avoid gossips
Stay away from people who add nothing but drama to your life. Don’t put up with other people’s shit.
36. Stay away from those people who make you feel like you aren't good enough
37. Make a list of 5 things you love doing
Try to include them in your life as often as you can.
38. It is okay if you can’t do everything. Just try. Your effort is enough. You are enough.
39. Schedule things you are looking forward to!
Take things day by day or even hour by hour. Do not focus on things that you can’t control. Do not stress about your future. Concentrate on your present.
40. Write reviews
Write good reviews for your favorite shops, small businesses, brands.
Doing good for others will make you feel better.
Self-care practices against stress
1. Get enough sleep
2. Get your hair done or do your hair yourself. It will make you feel pretty.
3. Wash your hands
Hand washing has psychological effects.
After all, “cleanliness is next to godliness,” and also let’s “start over with a clean slate.”
4. Get a good nights sleep
Try to sleep in freshly washed bedsheets.
5. Pamper yourself with a hair-care routine and do facials after showering.
6. Paint your nails to a nice, light color.
If you need some additional help
Remember: Everything will be fine in the end.
If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.
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