Stress and the teenager
The concerns of a teenager in the 21st century are infinite and there is no easy solution ...
Are you stressed out?
"Teenagers? Stress? You must be joking!" This is probably the reaction when asked whether teenagers get anxious, fretful or apprehensive. For, it is generally believed that they have "no responsibilities, no worries and no duties". But that is not true.
In today's competitive world, one needs to struggle and fight to make it in this dynamic, yet uncertain environment that is both stressful and anxiety-inducing.
Teenagers basically feel three kinds of pressure today: Pressure to perform; Pressure to conform; Pressure to reform
Pressure to perform: The pressure to perform comes principally from parents, teachers and peers to do well academically. The lack of aptitude tests or respecting the student's preferences push them into fields which may not interest them or for what they are not equipped.
Pressure to conform: Apart from the pressure to perform well, they are often told how they must conform to the norms laid down by society. Pressure to reform: This is common especially in students in the age group of 13 to 17. Everybody is telling them when to wake up and what to do... Here's what you can do
Anxiety: A sign of stress is holding one's breath. The easy way out is to take deep breaths at regular intervals trying to calm your mind.
Workload: One needs to understand that one is strong enough to handle the tough challenges in life, studying and assignments being two of them.
Procrastination: Procrastinators need to cultivate the "art of starting" and this involves dealing with the minor discomfort experienced while beginning a much-disliked task. Once the job has been started, it is much easier to continue.
Assertiveness-Aggressiveness conflict: When one is assertive, one runs the risk of being aggressive. During heated arguments, verbal duels, disagreements or discussions, make it clear that although you are not in favour of the opinion of the other person, you are open to what he/ she is saying.
Others: Some students worry about factors like social and financial status, intelligence and habits that might make them different from their peers.
Effective stress management, lies in having a healthy attitude towards competition, work, friends and acquaintances. It lies in taking life as it comes, doing your best and being prepared for the worst. Teenage can be the best part of a person's life if he/she takes joy in the opportunities that await him/her and take life's challenges in his/her stride and with a smile. And remember "Attitude is Everything!"
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