How Do You Cope With Stress?

February 16, 2022


Kristi Studts

Students struggle with stress even after preparing for tests and assignments.

Recently I have been feeling very overwhelmed and stressed with what is being thrown at me. Getting home from school and immediately having to get ready for work or trying to stay on top of all my school work. All of this had built up and made it very hard for me to focus on one thing at a time when I had all these tasks and responsibilities roaming in my head. 

So I started to research the ways to manage my stress as a teenager. I had come to find out all the top reasons why teenagers tend to stress themselves out and what they specifically stress over. While reading, I learned that one of the most common reasons for stress in teens is over school and inside thoughts. I found this to be interesting because these are the main reasons I have been feeling stressed. 

With the information I had gathered, I wondered or wanted to find ways to help reduce or prevent myself from feeling this way. I understand that it is okay to feel stressed, but it is important to also learn how to manage and try to overcome what is bringing you stress. 

I learned that some ways that you can prevent stress could be as simple as making sure to eat stable meals, having a consistent sleep schedule, and making sure not to over-consume caffeine. Within my research, I came across meditation and breaking down your task to where you can focus on one specific thing at a time. With the overwhelming amount of tasks and everything else that has been bringing me stress, I have been trying to improve myself in the areas that I need to maintain. I tried to limit the caffeine intake I was consuming, which can cause my stress levels to rise. I also liked the idea of focusing on one thing at a time. I feel that there is only so much that we as teenagers can control. I feel it is necessary to come to terms with what I am being overwhelmed with and narrow it down to smaller issues that I can fix or eliminate from the back of my mind. 

With that, I’ve come to the conclusion that teens are commonly the most stressed out, at least I am not the only one who feels this way. With an open mind, trying to find ways to prevent my stress, I have started to feel a decline in my stress levels. I think the one thing that has been helping me the most is meditating and trying to focus on one thing at a time. So I say that if you too are feeling stressed, test the waters, figure out what will help and what will not. It is important to maintain your stress and take the time you need for yourself. After all, we have our whole lives to stress ourselves out. The teenage years should not be remembered as the most stressful years of your life. You are only a teenager for so long and it is important to have fun while you can!

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