teen stress
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Exams, homework, extracurriculars, social media, peer pressure, hormonal fluctuations, getting into college, friends, family: these are all things that teenagers deal with and worry about daily. In a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, teen stress levels were higher than than regular adult stress levels, especially during the school year. Juggling all of these things can be a lot for someone going through intense physical and mental transitions, sometimes it can become so overwhelming that it becomes harmful to the teenager. 

What causes teen stress?

In the APA survey mentioned before, teenagers reported that the main contributor to their stress was school, the second was getting into a good college or figuring out what to do after high school. Oftentimes, teens in school are worrying about studying, extracurricular activities, and homework. To make matters worse, teens often have social pressures in and out of school to look, be, and act a certain way.
All these paired with a lack of sleep, which the majority of teens suffer from, can cook up a recipe for extreme teen stress. Family conflict and learning disabilities can amplify the stress of school without proper treatment.

Effects of extreme stress on teens

We’re all familiar with stress and how it feels. Now take that feeling, triple it, and make it last for at least 10 months; that’s what at least a third of teens in school are feeling. Prolonged stress can have negative effects mentally and physically. Effects of major teen stress can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inability to sleep normally
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity

How to combat teen stress

According to the American Psychological Association, there are many ways to fight against the pressure of stress. Advice on how to deal with stress include: 
Get enough sleep: Your body has a difficult time functioning without at least 8 hours of sleep, it’s a good place to begin.
Get moving: Exercise has been found to fight stress extremely well, making it a healthy way to deal with teen stress.
Get some hobbies: School is important, but so is enjoying yourself. Find something that relaxes you, whether it’s crafting or listening to music, and make sure you make time for it.
Get it all out: Don’t keep it in. Talking to someone about what you’re going through can help you deal with it more easily.

blueFire can help

Teen stress can spiral out of control, calling for more intensive care and interventions. blueFire is a wilderness therapy program that helps teenagers and their families work through issues. We help struggling teenagers with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and many more.
For more information about how blueFire can help your family, call us today at 1(844)-413-1999.

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