Stressed Out? Here Are Some Tips!

If twenty percent of young people suffer from a mental illness, then why is mental health such a widely ignored topic? Mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health. Yes, physicality is critical and keeps your body healthy, but many of aspects of you life could be compromised if your mental health is ignored. Ignoring your mental health and not making self care a daily routine can lead to more health problems in the future.

Staying Mentally Healthy

Although it is easy to overlook mental health, self care is essential to living a healthy life. Many people have the belief that mental health is nonapplicable to you unless you have been diagnosed with one. However, this is greatly incorrect. Making self care part of your daily routine allows for you to be a mentally healthy individual. This is similar to saying that you must eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to avoid being diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease, rather than treating your disease once you get diagnosed. Progressive and routine treatment will ensure that you are mentally healthy.

So, how do you care for yourself? Most of its advice that you’ve been told all of your life, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Mental Health America suggests that you stay positive, get physically active, help others, get enough sleep, and eat well. If you’re looking to boost your mood, perhaps try watching a funny Youtube video, playing with an animal, or watching a movie you loved when you were younger. If you just need to clear your mind, eat a healthy snack, drink a glass of water, take a shower or bath, or take a nap.

How To Deal With Stress:

Stress levels in teenagers have now statistically passed those of adults, and it has been found that of those teenagers, forty-two percent do not know how to deal with stress. It’s time for that to change! Here are some different ways to handle stress:

Everybody experiences stress in a different way. One person may experience more emotional symptoms, such as agitation, moodiness, and low self-esteem while the next may have more physical symptoms – low energy, headaches, upset stomach, and insomnia. Regardless of what symptoms you experience, the solutions are similar:

Take a break from your homework: Expecting your brain to work nonstop for several hours is senseless. In order to maximize your productivity, try taking a break from your work every forty-five to fifty minutes. During the five to ten minute break, take a quick walk, draw something, stretch, listen to music, dance, eat a snack, unplug from electronics, or clean your room.

Get some sleep: A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Your body needs at least nine hours of sleep every night in order to be able to function properly the next day. A proper amount of sleep will help you be able to focus and do well on your assignments, as well make you feel refreshed and awake.  

Try relaxation techniques: Take a few minutes out of your day from time to time to take a deep breath or close your eyes.

Get physically active: We often associate physical activity with sweat and soreness, but sometimes all it has to be is a light and easy workout that clears our mind and stretches our body. Of course you could go for a light jog or a walk or you could try something new. Learn how to do yoga by watching a Youtube video, dance like a crazy person, or play a fun, kid game, such as tag or hide-and-go-seek.

Learn to say no: Stress is often caused by too much to do and not enough time to do it. Many people are afraid of refusing an opportunity to do something because they are trying to be nice and want to be liked. Others may have the fear of missing out on something that has the potential to be fun. Saying no is an easy way to give you more time to handle everything you have to do.

Eat good food: Having a treat from time to time is a great idea, especially after you’ve finished a big project or scored well on an exam, but eating unhealthy food all the time can make you feel sluggish and tired, even when you’ve gotten enough sleep. Try replacing carbs, such as bread and pasta, and sugar, such as cake or ice cream, with fruits and vegetables.

Keep a stress diary: A diary is an effective stress management tool that pinpoints situations that make you feel overwhelmed and allows you to develop better coping mechanisms to avoid these certain situations. Write down the date and time, who you were with, and how you felt emotionally and physically. Give the situation a rating on a one to ten scale, so that next time you know how you can avoid feeling stressed out.

Manage your time: You may feel overwhelmed by your to do list, but accepting that you can not do everything will help you manage your tasks. Start by making a list of everything you have to do from most important to least important. Be sure to know which ones are more urgent than others. Doing this allows you to have a much more manageable, smaller list of tasks.

Now that you know how to, go and take care of yourself!

*This article is not intended to diagnose anybody with a mental disorder but rather to inform on the facts and statistics, as well as give advice on how to deal with acute amounts of stress or anxiety*

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