Stress is More in a Teenagers Life Than Food Is

Hannah is a 14-year old from Northport, NY. She enjoys soccer, snowboarding and cooking. Her favorite subject is math.

Stressed! (and it got Explored!) by JolsAriella

Stress… What do you think of when you hear the word stress? Some adults don’t believe in “teenage stress”. But, I am reassuring them, it’s very possible. If the definition of stress is physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension, then why can teenagers not have it? Why do so many parents not realize their kids are stressed out? Parents need to talk to their children about their problems and see if they can help them out in any way possible.

One of the huge mistakes being made today by parents is forgetting that their teens are still developing and need to learn how to do certain things, such as dealing with stress and pressure. Parents need to stop adding more stress on their teens. They need to realize that their kids have so much pressure on them to perform that all that extra stress is unnecessary. Let your kids relax a little and give them a break.

But I think parents are also trying their best to protect their kids at the same time and make sure they have a bright future in front of them. Kids need to talk to their parents about their stress and tell them what they can do to help. Parents need to listen and have a discussion with their kids. Also a lot of the times, kids get fed up with their parents when talking to them about stress, but the only way to make the situation better is to talk to them.

Stress is something that can take over a teenager’s life. And without the necessary family and friend support, it’s hard to deal with it all. People do not realize that enough. I remember when I was so stressed out about this one test. My parents did not know about it because I decided I didn’t want to talk about it and I didn’t want to have to tell my parents my grade when I received because I was scared. I kept it to myself. My parents kept putting other things on my back not being aware of the fact that I really needed to study. I thought talking to my parents wasn’t going to do anything. When I got my grade back, I was not satisfied. I needed more time to study. I was not ready for this exam. And by talking to my parents, I could have gotten a lot of more studying done and I probably would have gotten a much better grade. So if you are stressed out of your mind, talk to someone about it. And always remember to smile… because there are better days ahead.

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3 Responses to “Stress is More in a Teenagers Life Than Food Is”

  1. Cody Clark
    June 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Stress has been a part of life with the fast paced life that people live nowadays, we should know how to deal with stress. It will make life easier for us.

  2. Ann Engelland, M.D.
    June 28, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Thanks so much for this perspective on Teen Stress. As an adolescent medicine primary care physician I am often brokering conversations between kids and their parents to help them understand each others’ stress. Young kids, and certainly by middle school, need to be taught specific stress management techniques (deep breathing, for one) and help identifying those activities, no matter how simple, that will help them to “relax” (taking a bath, reading a book, listening to music).


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