Stress Teens and Unhealthy Behavior

Unhealthy thoughts and behavior is causing teens to feel more stress. One study suggests that teens are more stressed out now than ever before. Yet as Jonathan Abramowitz a clinical psychologist in Chapel Hill N.C. put it, teenagers are well-known for looking for an excuse, therefore their poor behavior may have nothing to do with stress.

Michael Bradley of Feasterville Pa, a psychologist supports the study’s findings. In his opinion, the numbers do not lie, with 40 percent of teenagers reporting that they feel more irritable or angry, while 36 percent complain about being anxious and nervous. Psychologist are concerned that this might be an epidemic. Bradley stated in an interview that while it may not fit the clinical definition, these children are definitely feeling something and stress is just as good an explanation as anything else. One reason might be because demands placed on teenagers are more than in the past.

With more teens experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before, it is going to affect various aspects of their lives. The American Psychological Association, (APA) found that more than a quarter of all teenagers, 27 percent report experiencing extreme stress during the school year. A smaller number of teens, only 13 percent, reported being stressed out during the summer months.

This high level of stress is going to affect a teens overall health. Anyone who experiences a great deal of stress will find that it affects their ability to sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. The results came directly from a new survey conducted by the APA, via Harris Interactive Inc. It looked at 1,950 adults and 1,018 teens. It is thought that these unhealthy behaviors which are associated with stress begin to manifest earlier in teens.

The Bustle finds that stress is on the rise because teens are trying to accomplish more during the school year. The combined extracurricular activities, academics, and social lives are making things more stressful. Parents can help teens lower their stress level than by helping them to determine what extracurricular activities are really necessary and teach them how to better plan their social activities so that they are not trying to do too much.

Stress can also be combated by eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough rest. However, those are three of the main things that teens and adults alike complain are harder to achieve when they are stressed out. Doctors suggest that good cardio exercise like walking for thirty minutes a day will release endorphins that help ease stress.

Some other suggestions for relieving stress involving making lists of things that needs to be done. Separating what someone wants to accomplish from what they have to accomplish can help them get a handle on tasks. Practicing proper breathing techniques also helps to relieve stress. This includes taking deep full breaths and letting them out slowly. Lastly Kevin Miller, strength and conditioning coach, for the Philadelphia Union, talks about how thought directly affects how someone feels. Thinking positively all the time is not always possible, he acknowledges. However, Miller reminds teens when they feel stressed, to stop take a few deep breaths and try to think of something positive, then work on putting an end to unhealthy behavior.

By Rachel Woodruff

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