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Stress Management for Teens and Young Adults
Everyone feels stressed out from time to time. Not all stress is bad. But chronic stress can hurt your body and your mind.
Two types of stress include:
- Routine stress related to the pressures of school, family and other daily activities
- Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as an injury
- Different people may feel stress in different ways. Some people feel stomach pain. Others may have headaches. Still others may not be able to sleep, or feel really depressed, angry or irritable.
Some people are affected by stress more than others. Know your limits when it comes to stress. Avoid serious health effects.1
How to Cope with Stress
Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress and take care of yourself.
- Eat healthy meals
- Try to exercise three to five days every week
- Get at least eight hours of sleep each night
- Set aside at least 30 minutes a day to relax
- Spend time with friends
- Avoid drugs and alcohol, and the problems that come with using them.
Talk to your PCP if you have stress that does not get better over time.
Material adapted from MedlinePlus
1. Stress. (2015, Aug 13).