2Stress & AnxietyCauses Impacts on Performance Warning Signs: Physical, Mental, and Emotional Management Relaxation & Imagery
3StressHave you ever heard, teens have it easy, since they don't have to deal with grown-up issues. For adults, stress often results from job responsibilities, family duties, or financial obligations.Teenagers are just as familiar with stress as adults. In addition to academic pressures, sports, school activities, and the college application process, teens also deal with pressures about sex, drugs, bullying, divorce, death.
4Causes of stress & anxiety School work – School work stresses most teens at one point or another. For students who aren't naturally gifted in certain subjects, like math or science, getting good grades can be an intense struggle, to the point where simple assignments are stressful and exams even more so. When an adult works a job, he typically does something he is skilled at and trained for, but teens must often complete tasks in subjects that they dislike or find hard to grasp.Relationships - Relationships are often a source of stress for teens. Friendships and romances may cause anxiety, fear or even depression. Breakups and first dates tend to be especially stressful.
5Causes of stress & anxiety Expectations - Expectations from parents, teachers and other adults in authority produce another common source of stress. When parents communicate high expectations for academic or extracurricular performance, teens feel additional stress in what is already a stressful environment.Social Circles - Young people are constantly comparing themselves to one another; who is the best dressed, who has the best boyfriend, who gets the best grades, who has the best body. These constant comparisons are a huge cause of stress among teens. The desire or attempt to fit in leads to peer pressure to try things such as smoking, drinking, cheating or sex.Work Load - Even though teens don't usually work full- time jobs, mandatory activities and school fill their schedules to the brim, leaving little time for fun or rest. School hours usually take up six hours each day, then there are extracurricular activities and several hours of homework which can lead to fatigue and burn out.Family Problems
6Stress and Performance Stress and anxiety can be good and motivate a student to achieve their goals. But too much stress is definitely bad. Do you feel just enough stress to keep you on your game, or are you a great big ball of nerves?People feel little stress whenthey have the time, experienceand resources to manage asituation.They feel great stress whenthey think they can't handle thedemands
7Warning signs of anxiety Signs of teen stress & anxiety can come in many forms. Every teen will experience some signs at different times, but when they last for longer periods of time it can tend to create further problems. Signs of stress & anxiety can be physical, mental or emotional.
8Physical SignsHeadaches Stomach aches Muscle aches Nervousness Over eating or under eating Problems sleeping
9Forgetfulness Disorganized Lack of concentration Drop in grades Mental SignsForgetfulness Disorganized Lack of concentration Drop in grades
12Stress & Anxiety Management LaughFind your own personal and safe way to unwind (e.g., hiking, exercising, journaling, eating a favorite treat, doing a craft, playing games, working on a puzzle, etc.)Regular sleep (at least 8 hours per night)Well-balanced dietAvoid caffeineGet sunlight – Vitamin DExercise regularlyBe prepared/organized – don’t wait until the last minute to do assignments or study for a testDrink water (4-8 glasses per day)Avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
13Stress & Anxiety Management Learning relaxation techniques – breathing exercises, meditation, and muscle relaxation are great techniques for alleviating tensionAromatherapy – relaxing aromas include lavendar, rose, bergamot, cypress, balsam fir, chamomile, and orangeAttention RetrainingTalking – talking and working out one’s problems with somebody else will help reduce built up tensionLearn to forgive and forget past wrongs
14Just Keep Swimming When all else fails… Visit your Student Services/School Counseling OfficeMs. Altenberger, School Psychologist