26 minutes | Mar 26th 2017

#35: 5 solutions for teen stress

Here’s a surprising fact: in a recent British study, teenagers said that their second-biggest concern was ‘exam stress’. Isn’t it incredible that among all the issues that young people face today, stress is their second-biggest worry? Today’s teens shouldn’t feel this way. Our youth is supposed to be the time in our lives when we experience lots of fun. It’s a time when we should be carefree and enjoying ourselves before entering the adult phase of life which brings more responsibilities (such as paying bills and raising children). Yet, somehow, we’ve created a society that’s causing our young people to feel stressed and constantly under pressure, especially in the context of school and grades. It’s unacceptable and we need to do something to fix it. To make things worse, too much of the wrong kinds of stress can actually inhibit the brain’s performance. It restricts the parts of the brain that deal with memory and recall, which is particularly harmful when you have tests coming up. In this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast, I’ll give you five solutions that teenagers can use to turn down the stress levels and experience more happiness. “Only 59% of teenagers told us they feel in control of their emotions. We have do better at teaching emotional intelligence skills to young people so they become more capable in this important area of their lives.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You will learn: The trap that young people need to avoid if they want to reduce their stress levels. It has something to do with ‘external factors’. (3:51) Solution #1 – How deep breathing can help to reduce teen stress. You’ll hear some of the reasons we breathe poorly these days, as well as some techniques to improve your breathing. (5:01) Solution #2 – How getting the recommended amount of sleep can reduce teen stress. (8:15) What blue light (from screens) does to the brain and how it makes it more difficult to sleep. (10:42) Some of the mind-blowing findings of research on what getting an extra hour of sleep can do for you. (11:52) Solution #3 – How your hydration habits have a big impact on your stress levels. (12:27) Solution #4 – Why it’s important to eat the right foods and give yourself the nutrients you need if you want to reduce your stress levels. (14:46) That it’s important to consult your doctor or a health professional before making changes to your diet. (17:28) Solution #5 – How to reduce teen stress by avoiding procrastination. (18:57) A simple routine that a lot of successful people use to eliminate procrastination and take action on things they want to achieve. (20:07) Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >> “Sleep has a massive impact on your stress levels. Teenagers need 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Make sure you get it!” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach You may also like these episodes: #33: How to do better in school (It’s probably not what you think!) #29: How to boost teen motivation #11: How to experience more happiness (Interview with best-selling author Andy Cope) Keep calm and carry on making a difference Remember, exam stress is the second-biggest concern amongst teens today. Please share this episode and its five tips with any students, parents, or educators you know so we can start making a difference today! Let us know what issues you’re currently facing and what questions you’d like answering in future episodes.  We are here to help, get in touch via our social media channels or email podcast@unstoppableen.com.   We’d love to hear your opinions on how to deal with teen stress. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Especially if you’re a teenager, please chime in and let us know which of the five tips are most useful for you – or feel free to offer more tips and advice of your own ☺ Thanks for listening!
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