A recent study shows that teens are the most stressed now than they
have ever been. What’s more, young adults are more stressed out than any other
age grouping. Stress is natural. But letting it overtake your life—and overwhelm
your friends—is unhealthy. Here are five signs you are super stressed out…and
it’s taking over your buds’ lives too—and how to stop stress in its tracks.
The tell-tale sign: Instead
of having fun, you and your friends spend most of your time together
complaining about what you have to do.
What to do now: Give
yourself a time limit for whining about what’s going on your lives. Get into,
go into detail, be ridiculous and silly and serious. But only do it for five or
10 minutes, and then outlaw it for the rest of your time together.
The tell-tale sign: Half-way
through your 10-minute spiel about your science final, your friends have
totally…zoned out (or randomly start another convo).
What to do now: There are all sorts of things we can only hear so much about before we tune out. Tests, exes and parents are three of them. Agree as a group that you can all call “time” on each other’s topics to give yourselves a break.
The tell-tale sign: Even
your most cheerful friend seems super unhappy lately.
What to do now: Plan a fun
day. No homework, no complaining and no worrying allowed. Pick a bunch of
activities that never fail to cheer you up, whether that means concocting a
crazy ice cream sundae before watching a double feature at the discount movie
theater or shopping for funny floppy hats before ya hit the pool.
The tell-tale sign: You’ve
noticed that a lot of your buds look exhausted lately, like they haven’t slept
What to do now: If it’s just
one gal, ask her quietly if she’s doing OK and if there’s anything she’d like
to talk about. If it’s a group, make a pact to silence your phones and stop
texting each other after a certain time so you can get the uninterrupted sleep
The tell-tale sign: Sometimes,
it feels like your pals are avoiding you.
What to do now: Announce
when you’re all together that you know you’ve been super stressed out lately
and you’re sure your behavior is affecting them. Apologize, then say you need
their help to keep it under control. Ask them to stop you when you begin to
rant or to redirect a negative conversation to a more positive direction.
How do you manage stress? Tell
us in the comments!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/5/2014 4:16:00 PM
POSTED IN stress, stress busters, bust school stress