Samantha is a 17-year-old from Tulsa, OK. She enjoys babysitting, sewing, drawing, crocheting, writing and anything creative. She loves to hang out with her mom and two sisters and hopes to someday work in the fashion industry.
I speak from experience, being a teenager is stressful! School, friends, extracurricular activities, relationship drama, trying to figure out financial aid for college– ugh! It all starts to build up and the anxiety and stress can be overwhelming. Sometimes teens need an outlet to just relax and relieve stress, but we tend to choose activities like playing computer games, becoming a couch potato or pigging out on ice cream and chips. The bad thing about these things is that they are neither healthy nor beneficial. Teens need a healthy way to release stress and blow off steam, so I have compiled a list of the top five healthy and fun ways to release stress.
1.) Exercise – Nature’s best medicine! Exercise releases a chemical called ‘Endorphins’ that control the feelings of stress and frustration. Running, pilates and exercise classes are all great ways to put this suggestion in to use.
2.) Art – Painting, drawing and even coloring are all wonderful outlets for stress. Art therapy is often used as an option for managing stress and anxiety.
3.) Writing – Whether it be journaling, writing a short story, or even your own book, it is a fun way to use your imagination! Not only is this a great outlet for stress, it has also been shown to strengthen the immune system and improve cognitive functioning.
4.) Volunteer – Helping others isn’t just a wonderful way to make a difference in your community, it is also a great stress reliever! Serving others is a simple and fun way to take your mind off your own problems and put things into perspective again.
5.) Eat Some Chocolate – Instead of pigging out on unhealthy junk food, grab a dark chocolate bar and snack on that instead. Studies have shown that dark chocolate reduces stress and the antioxidants contained within the chocolate, called polyphenols, contain excellent health benefits.
I hope these tips are helpful if you’re the parent of an anxiety overloaded teen, or if you are a stressed out teen yourself!
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