Teen Voices: The Stress is Real

by Hannah Adamson

One of the common phrases I hear at school is, “Ugh, I’m so stressed out,” so I took a closer look as to why. High school is a difficult bridge between childhood and adulthood, with teen stress stemming from many factors, most notably academic and social concerns.

Academics are rigorous, with challenging curriculums, large amounts of homework and standardized tests. Working to succeed becomes especially difficult when mixed with a multitude of extracurricular commitments, such as clubs, sports, performance groups, jobs and more. It is not uncommon for teens to arrive home at six or seven o’clock and still have two or three hours of homework to complete for the next day. On top of this daily time crunch, many teens are also concerned about the future—whether intended or not, teens feel the pressure to know what career path and/or college they should choose.

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Secrets to Naturally Relieving Stress

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Tips from our friends in the BuxMont community

“Practicing conscious breathing helps relieve stress. Concentrate on being in the now and follow the breath in, all the way down to the diaphragm. Feel the belly expand and then contract while slowly exhaling ten times; this shifts the focus and lessens stress. This works in all kinds of situations, and can be done without anyone noticing. In addition, doing this before eating can totally change digestion, often eliminating heart burn and gas.”

Ann Murphy
New Approach Wellness
610-986-5554
NewApproachWellness.com

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