Psychologists’ researches in the United States show that overstated stress indicators and the lack of established mechanisms for their application are characteristic of the country’s social landscape as a whole. And, as we can see, the level of stress among young people from 13 to 17 years is very high, and the consequences can be both impulsive now and heavy long-term in the future. The main problem is that stress is a generally accepted concept of culture and is not perceived by the American as a problem, but rather simply as an obligatory part of life. In other words, people with constant stress consider themselves healthy and ignore the problem.
At the same time, stress is the source of about a third part of every person’s mental and physical problems. Conclusion of experts is: changes in the health care system are needed, as well as education of a culture of counteraction to stressful overloads.
The highest level of stress is shown by the teenage group of Americans. That is, a major source of stress for the population is the school. Given that regular overloads are hitting the emerging personality, this is doubly dangerous: the foundation of problems for life is laid. It is interesting to note for all that the majority of the interviewed adolescents do not consider the presence of stress in life a problem to be addressed. On the one hand, they say they have no symptoms of mental problems due to stress, on the other hand, polls often indicate points of irritability, anger, anxiety, depression and sadness.
It came to them by itself, right? Let’s talk more about what can be done about this now. Almost half of the children literally do nothing against stress. At the same time, the simplest way to prevent stress is simple daily physical activity. Those children, who play sports, or just lead a mobile lifestyle, complain less about stress. So, parents are able to help push children to fight stress, encouraging sports and hobbies, as well as organizing family events, joint leisure and travel.
What is required of children? In the presence of symptoms of stress, they can use several simple practical recommendations to cope with it.
Sleep more often and at the right time
It’s hard to find time among the day to sleep. So many things: lessons, homework, meetings with friends. But it is important to strive to sleep for 9 hours every day. To do this, at the end of the day, you should give up excess physical activities, TV and coffee.
Feel your strength
The ability to enjoy what you already have is a very important element in dealing with stress. Instead of concentrating on pain, focus on things that are fun for you (hobbies) or play an important role in life (for example, if you are a very religious person). Sign up for an interesting course if in life this is not enough.
Take a walk
Constant sitting in one place and in four walls strongly contributes to the problem, restricts thinking and fixes you on a negative state. Sometimes a simple walk is enough to open a second wind. And active studies, especially where social activity is necessary, will remove you as much as possible from heavy thoughts.
Let happiness in to leisure
Any other entertainment and activities that cause you positive emotions are also useful. If you do not have excitement in physical activity right now, you can listen to your favorite music, or go to the movies or paint.
Find an interlocutor
The word from the outside allows you to break the wall of your own thoughts, which exacerbate stress in solitude. Therefore, it is important for a teenager to talk with a parent or teacher about feelings at difficult times, which will certainly give impetus to solving problems.