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Is there really a need for teen stress management?


If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with stress, or anxiety and depression caused by stress, I want to help them.

I will work with your teens for FREE to build the stress relief skills they need to effectively manage their symptoms of stress.

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Unfortunately, yes…

Life for teenagers today is different than when I was young. I feel that while there may have always been similar life stressors to deal with, but the intensity has increased. And, I think the pressures are greater for teens of today.

However, while the intensity and pressures have increased, the ability to adapt to stress I don’t think has increased at an equal rate.

There is a physiology to stress that seems to not discriminate based on age.

Function of stress

Physiologically , stress happens hundreds of times a day to each one of us.

It is a beautiful system that was created to keep us safe. Thankfully, it still does that. But, because times have changed there is a part that is now creating stress and anxiety in teens that just was not there in the same way.

Teen stress management has become important to help our youth adapt to all the challenges of their lives.

Stress is a reaction, or a response that occurs naturally in our brain to a real or perceived threat to our body. For each of us, regardless of age, the stress response happens without thought…


Because the job of the brain is to automatically help us to survive. It is just like how the brain tells your body to breathe without you thinking about it throughout the day.

The stress response alerts us when our innate balance has been threatened...real or perceived.

The body is designed to function best while in balance, or while functioning within normal ranges.

Balance and stress

The problem is that regardless of age, the stress response reacts or responds to stress in each of these ways:

Cognitive stress
Physical stress
Emotional stress
Spiritual stress

Why teen stress management?

In the world in which we are living, it is our thoughts or uncertainty…our fears and worries that are triggering the stress response.

Again, that is not a problem with acute stress, but the body needs to be in balance more often throughout the day in order to function in an optimal way.

For teenagers, this is a particularly important concept for this reason…

It is the lack of balance with chronic stress that can create so many problems for teens.

Creating opportunities for teens to learn how to actually manage their stress IS important to me. And, those are important skills for them to also carry into adulthood…for the sake of their health, wellbeing, and happiness.

Why bother?

Teaching teen stress management is important so that they may avoid having to suffer with any of the following effects of chronic stress:

Physical stress
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck and back pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Losing or gaining weight
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
Emotional Stress
  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Feel angry more of the time
  • Moody
  • Irritable...aggression
  • Need to cry more often
  • Can’t seem to relax
  • Feel lonely

Cognitive stress
  • Are you constantly worrying?
  • Feel a need to judge others, or are you being judged?
  • Are thinking fear-based thoughts?
  • Are you afraid of not fitting in”?
  • Are you afraid of not being popular?
  • Never having a relationship?
  • Afraid to say no?

What happens to teens just coping with stress?

Just like with adults, it seems easier somehow to cope with physical stress more easily than emotions. It is no different for teenagers, and why teen stress management is so important to teach them ways to reduce stress .

Without teenagers learning about how to manage stress, they can often get labeled as troubled teens. They become teens that need help.

With all the hormone changes, and other changes going on in their bodies chronic stress can be overwhelming for them emotionally and can lead to:

Teen depression
Teen substance abuse
Stress and anxiety
Out of control teens
Low self esteem teenagers

There IS help for teenage stress

Teen Stress Management

Stress does not discriminate based on age…

And, creating more time in balance…more time with the relaxation response being triggered promotes healing, increases ones sense of control, and creates a greater sense that you can adapt to anything.

Those are not only words of hope, but words of truth as expressed from so many of my clients.

Balance matters…teen stress management matters…

To all the creative and brilliant hearts of teenagers, I can share with you that you CAN learn some simple stress relaxation techniques

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“Ms. Churchill is the unique health care worker everyone hopes to encounter, but rarely does. She has an extraordinary gift that allows her to do much more than diagnose and treat.”
Abbie K. – Minneapolis

K., age 45, is a long term chronically PTSD disabled patient. She has had daily headaches for 20 years. Two weeks ago she reported that she had had 4 days of pain free time, and was having the exceedingly odd sensation of "smiling all the time". She and Cathi have made extraordinary fast progress together.
Dr. Cole

I referred C.L., age mid-forties, to see Cathi after a life of suffering the post traumatic stress disorder of parental sexual abuse over many years of her childhood, with major dysfunctions of alcohol and drug abuse, and with the disabling symptoms of migraine that have for more than twenty years become chronic.

She has lived with daily headaches that have not responded to any of the several drugs which have benefited many such suffering patients. She has needed chronic opiate treatment of her chronic pain syndrome.

In the few weeks that Cathi has worked with her, C.L. has begun to experience days without pain, periods of happiness, and a reduction in her opiate dosage requirements that represent a breakthrough in her stalled-out life as a single mom raising a teen-age daughter with only social security income resources.
Dr. Racer

“I first met Cathi Churchill eight years ago when she effectively helped my work unit through the stress of a hospital-wide layoff. I was impressed with her clear-minded approach and willingness to listen.”
Andy R.

N., age 60, is a hard driving attorney twenty year patient of mine who hit the wall with chronic fatigue four years ago, and began to realize she had to learn to rest. She recovered enough to return to her workaholic lifestyle when she was stopped by a herniated cervical disc and resumption of her chronic colitis.

Working with Cathi, she is discovering "the way she does life" and learning to make choices about it. She came in last week, having "danced until dawn". She is learning to dialogue with her body in effective ways.
Dr. Cole

“I stumbled upon Cathi after my recent heart attack that was brought on by stress. I was scared of having another one, and didn’t know what to do. I had lost hope. Working with her has changed my life. I’m so grateful."
Debbie – Canada

M.S., a woman in her late forties with progressively more and more disabling rheumatoid arthritis since childhood, whose most recent problems have arisen over the last two to three years as complications of immunosuppressive therapy for her disease. The complications have been associated with the severely disabling chronic pain of recurrent herpes neuralgia for more than three years, and for the past 15 months, recurrent osteomyelitis in her right lower mandible.

The second, more alarming (even life-threatening) problem has caused months of diagnostic and therapy confusion among her many consultants, three successive resections of the bone over the last six to eight months, and the still ongoing threat of more relapses of the smoldering bone infection and chronic pain only made bearable by chronic, massive doses of opiates.

In the few months since M. began to work with Cathi with several modalities: stress management, therapeutic touch, guided imaging, and others, her life has become more livable, as she has become able to bear the pain and the discouragement of unresolved disease.

She has relied on many of the methods for maintaining hope and getting through overwhelming discouragement by using the inner resources she has learned with Cathi.

My hope as her primary physician, is that Cathi and M. will be able to continue to work together to maintain that inner strength and hope as she faces yet more months of pain, and further repeated surgery.

Thank you for the healing guidance you've been able to give her thus far.
Dr. Racer

“I sought out the help of Cathi during my divorce, and found her to be an insightful and compassionate coach. Her ability to see deep into the heart of an emotionally stressful problem is, I believe, unique and I would highly recommend her service to anyone.”
P.R. – Brooklyn Center

S., age 48, is a Laotian patient of mine with 15 years of chronic abdominal pain. She has had an extensive medical worked up, and nothing ever worked. Cathi saw her over several months.

S. has improved! Cathi established a trusting relationship with her, and helped her to effectively break through her wall of silence and grief about her son's mental illness, and taught her how to "change her thinking".

S. now comes in smiling, notes some unusual continued symptoms, but no longer has chronic abdominal disabling pain.
Dr. Cole

“Control My Stress is so amazing. I want to thank you, again, for such a valuable resource.”

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