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How Stress Affects Teenagers

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Emily Lemerand, Writer

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With the semester having come to an end and exams finished, many high schoolers have experienced stress. Teachers were forced to teach the last pieces of information in a short period of time while students were pressured to study for finals and maintain their GPA.

According to The American Institute of Stress, stress can be defined very differently for each individual you come across. They use the analogy of passengers riding a rollercoaster. There are a few that get sick, frightened, gripping the safety bar as if their life depended on it. Then there are passengers that are absolutely thrilled to be riding it and they can not wait until the next ride. Lastly there is a wide range in-between these two types of people who may have differing thoughts, or they may have different thoughts depending on the day.

In 2011, Harris Interactive created a study to test Americans’ stress levels. In the end, they found out that many Americans are experiencing moderate to high levels of stress and 44% of those people reported that their stress levels have been increased within the past five years.

For teenagers, one of the biggest stressors is school, and the second is the pressure of getting into a good college or deciding what to do after college. What is it like to experience stress? People can have anxiety, they can worry intensely, become irritated, angered and annoyed easily, have an increased heart rate, become physically sick, and experience many more symptoms.

So what do you do to relieve your stress? Many say to avoid caffeine, take part in a physical activity, get the fully recommended amount of sleep, relax, talk to someone you trust, try writing down what is stressing you, slow down, and manage what you are doing with your time.

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