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Five Tips to Help Teens Cope with Stress

High school teens spend most of their time attending classes, participating in extracurricular activities and doing homework. There is constant pressure to do everything and do it well to prepare for a successful career or higher education after high school. This can cause a lot of stress.

Use these tips to take a break from the barrage of constant communication and manage your stress in a healthy way.

  1. Get some sleep. Getting enough sleep helps you grow and develop normally, pay attention throughout the day and maintain overall health. For teens, this means about 8-10 hours each night.
  2. Focus on your strengths. Take some time to think about what you’re good at and ways to do more of those things. By focusing on and building your strengths, you can keep your stressors in perspective.
  3. Do things that make you happy. Find activities or hobbies that make you happy and incorporate them into your daily life. This might be a physical sport, an artistic outlet or spending time with family and friends.
  4. Engage in physical activity. Exercise takes our mind off stress and releases chemicals in our brain that make us feel better. This can be anything from a stroll in the park to a bike ride or basketball game with friends.
  5. Talk to someone. It can be hard to manage stress alone. Talk to a parent, teacher or other trusted adult about your problems and they may be able to help you find new ways to manage your stress.
Source: Mental Health First Aid | Five Tips to Help Teens Cope with Stress, https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2019/06/five-tips-to-help-teens-cope-with-stress | ©2019 National Council for Behavioral Health
 The National Council for Behavioral Health operates Mental Health First Aid USA in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. For more information, visit www.TheNationalCouncil.org and www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org

A screening can help you determine if you or someone you care about should contact a mental health professional. Clinical Services Coordinators can arrange a free 30 minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. Call or email our Clinical Services Coordinators at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org to set up an initial Consultation appointment.

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