Between the back-to-back classes, assignments, and stress from your family - it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
Drug use causes permanent damage to your brain (which just makes things worse), and can leave you with lifelong issues.
See these eight ways you can get rid of stress without turning to drugs.
Listen to Music
Music has a tremendous impact on a person’s state of mind. Classical music in particular is known to have a calming effect on the body. Not into classical? No prob! Listening and singing along to any genre of music can be a major stress reliever and help to increase productivity!
Take a Walk
Have you been cramming for a test for hours? Go outside! Breathing in fresh air increases energy and in addition, sunlight improves your mood and helps to prevent stress.
Sing, Dance or Write
Find your creative outlet and immerse yourself in it when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Studies show that engaging in creative activities can reduce stress.
Watch What You Eat
Diet plays a major role in how our bodies react to stress. Leafy greens, oranges, salmon, and dark chocolate are just a few foods that are known to help boost the mood and lessen stress.
Get it Off Your Chest
Do you have tough teachers this year? Is there drama in your friend circle? Whether you get good advice from them or not, just venting to your (drama-free) friends or family about what’s stressing you is a pretty good way to get it out of your system, or at least reduce it.
In between classes, before a test ,or whenever you’re feeling stressed, try taking a deep breath in and out (inhale five seconds, exhale five seconds). This can make a huge difference. Meditation, even for a short time, is one of the top ways you can destress during your very active days.
Stress and a lack of sleep go hand in hand. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teens get between eight and ten hours of sleep every night. Because many teens tend to stay up late and then get up early for school, they simply aren’t getting enough. This causes stress hormones to increase.
Don’t Overbook Yourself
You can’t do it all, so don’t even try. Whether it’s because of your fear of missing out (FOMO), a desire to pad college applications, or pressure from friends, being too busy isn’t healthy and leads to stress. Narrow down your activity list to only include the things that are most important to you.