Presentation on theme: "Teen Stress 101: Tips and Strategies for Success"— Presentation transcript:
1 Teen Stress 101: Tips and Strategies for Success
2 Objectives Following completion of this training, you will be able to: Define stress and the various types of stressIdentify sources of stressEvaluate sources of stress in your lifeIdentify positive strategies for coping and managing stress
3 What is Stress? How would you define stress? Stress can be defined as… …a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.Basically…the point when things appear to be too much to handle
4 Stress…Does this really apply to me??? Many medical and health organizations have conducted studies on teen stress and found the following…The American Psychological Association found that:49% of teens reported having experienced stress43% of these teens reported experiencing fatigue, headaches and other physical ailments39% of teens admitted that stress negatively impacts their eating habits
5 More than one type of stress…Yikes?! Did you know there are different types of stress?The three types of stress include:EnvironmentalPhysicalPsychological
6 Environmental Stress… What is Environmental Stress?…pressure on the environment caused by human activities or natural eventsWhat are some examples of Environmental Stress you can come up with?Examples:Pollution Droughts Smog
7 Physical Stress… What is Physical Stress? …a biological response to factors which can negatively impact your overall healthWhat are some examples of Physical Stress you can come up with?Examples:Malnutrition Heat Inactivity
8 Psychological Stress… What is Psychological Stress?…a biological response to factors which can negatively impact your overall mental and emotional healthWhat are some examples of Psychological Stress you can come up with?Examples:Relationships Deployment Loss
9 Stressors…What are those? Stressors are defined as…… stimuli that cause stressBasically…those things that cause you to get stressed outStressors can be both positive or negative depending on the event or situation
10 What are your stressors? All of us have things that cause us to feel more stressed; those things that cause our hearts to pound, palms to sweat and butterflies in our stomach.What are some stressors in your life?SchoolWorkSportsChangeRelationshipsSiblings
11 What other teens have to say about stress… Often times we can feel alone when dealing with our stress. Many teens report experiencing stress in their everyday lives. Listen to what other teens have to say about causes of their stress and what they do to cope with things.Watch: Teenagers and Stress video
12 Physical Reactions to Stress Since stress is a natural biological reaction, when we experience stress we may also experience physical symptoms.Physical reactions to stress can include:Headaches StomachachesSleeplessness Loss of AppetiteWhat are some other physical reactions you can think of?
13 Emotional Reactions to Stress Just as our bodies experience physical reactions to stress, we can also experience emotional reactions.Emotional reactions to stress can include:Depression Difficulty ConcentratingIncreased Fears/Worry Greater AnxietyWhat are some other emotional reactions you can think of?
14 Stress in Others: Warning Signs Everyone is impacted by stress at some point in their day…week…life. Being able to recognize stress in others can help us as we learn to communicate with them, collaborate with them and help them.Those around us may exhibit the following signs of stress:Being very quiet/withdrawnEasily aggravated or quick to angerOversight of assignments, tasks and/or dutiesAppearing to be very worried or anxiousCrying or having feelings of hopelessnessComplaints of headaches, stomachaches or general tiredness
15 Team ActivityNow that we have a better understanding of the physical and emotional impacts stress has on our lives, your mission is to work as a team to create a poster or visual representation of what stress ‘looks like’ to you.Some things to keep in mind as you work:1. This is a TEAM activity…everyone participates2. What do I feel like when I am stressed?3. What do I look like when I am stressed?4. Once every group has finished, we will share with the other teams
16 Stress: It Won’t Control Me! Since avoiding stress is not practical in life, learning positive stress management strategies allows us to cope with stress. -> Managing our stress, not our stress managing us!
17 Watch: Teenagers and Stress – Part 2 video How do your peers cope?In this next video, you will see how two teens implement positive stress management strategies to cope with things in their lives.Watch: Teenagers and Stress – Part 2 video
18 Stress Management Strategies There are many positive strategies for managing stress. Some of those strategies include:Exercise regularly (at least 60 minutes of moderate activity each day)Get proper amounts of sleep (est. 8-9 hours each night)Eat healthyAvoid illegal drugs, alcohol and tobaccoDecrease negative self-talkLearn to accept compliments; feel proud of achievementsSet goals – break tasks into smaller segmentsDon’t be afraid to ‘walk away’ and take a ‘breather’ during challenging situationsFind a trusted individual to talk withUtilize deep breathing and positive mantras: “I can handle this…” or “I will not let this get me down…”
19 Stress: Lifelines for Others In addition to practicing our own positive stress management techniques, we can also help others experiencing stress by:Encouraging them to talk about thingsSuggest they listen to their favorite musicRecommend they help others; volunteer to help othersEncourage them to eat healthy and get plenty of exercisePartner up with each other and work on fun projects or activitiesWhat additional strategies would you suggest?
20 Stress and Military Life While being a part of the military community is definitely something to be very proud of, it does come with unique challenges your civilian peers do not experience.What are some challenges you have experienced as a result of being part of the military community?Are there specific stressors you have experienced that your civilian peers have not? What are those?How did you cope with those stressors or overcome those challenges?
21 Team ActivityFor the following activity, you will be working in teams. Your team will need to complete the following tasks:Share copies of the book My Story: Blogs by Four Military TeensRead the blog about your assigned teenAnswer the following questions (on your activity sheet):What stressors could you identify for this teen?What positive management strategies is he/she using?What additional management strategies would you suggest?What is your team’s biggest ‘Take Away’ after completing this activity? Why?
22 Team Activity – Report Out What stressors could you identify for this teen?What positive management strateg(ies) is he/she using?What additional management strategies would you suggest?What is your team’s biggest ‘Take Away’ after completing this activity? Why?Additional team thoughts??
23 Session ‘Take-Aways’Stress is something everyone experiences in life…while we can’t escape it, we CAN learn to positively manage it. Important things to remember include:Stress is a normal, biological functionStress can be positively managed with practice and persistenceEveryone reacts differently to stress – that is okayBeing proactive, living a healthy lifestyle and learning to accept those things we cannot change are all examples of positive stress management strategies
24 Objectives Following completion of this training, you will be able to: Define stress and the various types of stressIdentify sources of stressEvaluate sources of stress in your lifeIdentify positive strategies for coping and managing stress