Everyone has their times of being stressed and just over everything. Most of the time it’s unnecessary and caused by our own selves. For teens, our most prominent stress comes from school, but you shouldn’t let that interfere with your mental health.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just stop.
If you’re trying to complete a task and you feel yourself going there, just stop doing whatever it is you’re doing. Step away from this stress and address it later. That’s usually a sign you need a breather. Even if it’s only a few minutes later, the time away will allow you to loosen up a little and be able to better approach the situation.
Take breaks every few minutes.
I’m almost 100 percent sure at some point you and I have both attempted, keyword: attempted, to cram for something and we both know it just didn’t work. You can’t remember anything trying to cram. Taking breaks every 20-30 minutes, according to oxfordlearning.com, allows you to be able to process the information you’re taking in, improve your concentration, and actually remember it. Don’t overdo the breaks, though. A 10-15 minute break is long enough to get up, stretch, and give your mind some relief.
Don’t put things off.
If you’re anything like me you wait until the last possible second to do stuff and, like me, you’re were freaking out and panicking because you had to rush. You can’t put out your best work by waiting until right before the deadline. Give yourself enough time to complete something and be able to check over it for errors without worrying you’ll miss the deadline.
Only take on things you can handle.
Don’t put more food on your plate than you can eat. You’re just setting yourself up for failure. If you have too much on your plate, you’re bound to slip up somewhere. It’s cool to be helpful and all, but don’t do too much. Take on only the things you know you can complete in a timely manner. The last thing you want to be is that person who can’t get stuff done.
Get enough sleep.
I don’t know about you, but I know when I don’t get enough sleep everything is thrown off. I’m tired, can’t focus, make mistakes, and I’m just plain pissed off. According to nationwidechildrens.com, teenagers are suppose to get 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night. Do we really? No, but you should get as much sleep as you can. Sleep is important, especially after you learn something new. Getting a good amount of sleep will improve how productive you are, your concentration levels, plus it feels good to just rest and recharge your battery.
Ask for help.
I know you want to do everything on your own, but I’m sorry that’s just unrealistic. You gotta ask people for help sometimes. If you were meant to do everything alone there wouldn’t be people here to help you. There comes a point when everyone needs help, so don’t feel ashamed.
Talk to someone when you need to.
Venting and releasing what you’re thinking can bring you great relief. Find someone who you trust and go to them when you feel that you need to talk. If you don’t have anyone you trust with your deepest, darkest secrets, write in a journal. Doing this ensures that nobody is going off telling all your business and works just as well as talking to someone.
Always make time for yourself.
I know you have a million and one responsibilities to handle, but you gotta chill. Find some time to relax and not worry about anything but yourself for once. Take a hot shower and have a pamper day to alleviate all that stress on you.
Mental health is nothing to play with, so please take it seriously. If you don’t see any progress, don’t try to keep doing things on your own. Visit a doctor or therapist, meditate, or whatever else makes you feel more at ease. Do whatever you need to do to maintain your sanity and mental health.
By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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