Teenagers And Stress
It troubles me greatly to hear so much these days about teenagers and stress. What I would like to believe is that there are no more troubled teens today than when I was a teenager.
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But, that would be naïve.
What is real is that
exists for teenagers and adults.
With all the stressors of today’s world, you don’t have to be troubled teens to be effected by stress. It just so saddens me that so many of these young lives are being shaped by something they don’t really understand.
Function of stress
Stress is a reaction
, or a response
that occurs naturally in the brain to a real or perceived threat to the body. 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.
And, the stress response reacts or responds on all these facets of all of us…even teenagers:
- Cognitive stress
- Physical stress
- Emotional stress
- Spiritual stress
Cognitive stress and teenagers
With teenagers and stress, it is important to understand that the majority of their stress is from all the thoughts of uncertainty that they face each day.
It is cognitive stress, or their thoughts of uncertainty
, that causes the constant triggering of the stress response.
For instance, if a teenager were to make fun of another teenager, the brain will often respond to those words in the same way as if that same person had punched him in the nose.
To the brain, those words would be perceived as a threat to your survival. Because of feeling that threat, the stress response gets triggered and away we go.
Remember that the job of the brain is to help us survive. So, WITH teenagers and stress, when they perceive a situation as threatening, then that thought will be interpreted as needing a reaction to protect them.
Teenagers and stress thoughts of uncertainty
Regardless of whether you are a troubled teen, or just one who is stressed, ask yourself the following thoughts of uncertainty…thoughts of fear and worry:
- Does your family have financial problems that affect you?
- Have your parents gone through a divorce?
- Has there been someone in your family with a serious illness?
- Has someone you loved died?
- Are you frustrated with all the demands at school?
- Do you feel there are a lot of expectations put on you?
- Do you feel like you don’t fit in socially?
- Do you feel unsafe?
- Do you struggling with your busy schedule?
- Are you struggling to keep your grades up
- Are you, or someone you know being affected by substance abuse?
If you have answered “yes” to any of those questions, and have been dealing with that stress for awhile you may be in need some help in coping with stress.
What happens with teenagers coping with stress?
So, what happens emotionally to teenagers and stress? Here’s the bottom line with human emotions:
Emotions arise out of a thought…a message…whether consciously or subconsciously…
Contrary to what many of us have grown to understand about emotions, they don’t just pop out of nowhere. There is always a thought that has preceded an emotional reaction…whether good or bad, happy or sad. There is always a thought that came first.
That can be a challenging concept for many.
Teenagers can be particularly overwhelmed by emotional stress and have it play out in their lives with:
- teen depression
- teen substance abuse
- stress and anxiety
- out of control teens
- low self esteem teenagers
Help for teens
I believe in the healing power of balance...the balance that comes from living out of the relaxation response more of the time.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you CAN
learn how to manage the stress response. You CAN
learn how to integrate some simple
stress relaxation techniques
that will help you feel more in control of your life.
The words of hope that I want to share most to teenagers and stress is that much of what you are struggling with may very well be related to unmanaged stress.
My approach to teaching stress management is not rocket science…it is just effective. The only prerequisite is your willingness to learn together ways to
reduce your stress
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