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Stress and TeensAs many teens know, March is the month of spring break. Unfortunately, before spring break happens, it means the end of another quarter where stress levels rise considerably. Teens are even more susceptible to stress because they take part in tons of activities on top of their academic rigors. In fact, according to a survey published last year by the American Psychological Association, the average reported stress level for teens was higher than that for adults.

Teens are expected to not only meet the deadlines they face, but also to perform exceedingly well in school and beyond. Schools are focusing on testing and the impact that will have on their college careers as early as freshman year and even in middle school. Teens just can’t take part in extra-curriculars anymore; they are expected to rise to the top in those pursuits as well. Add in the normal adolescence pressures of finding friends, teen romance, and peer pressure, and the stress just piles up, especially in the face of social media. Teens can no longer go home to avoid the stress of adolescence; it now follows them wherever they go.

Tips to Reduce Teen Stress
Due to the amount of stress that teens face from both internal and external sources, here are some ways to help you or your teen reduce stress over a period of time.

1.    Slow Down: Take a moment to step away from whatever is stressing you out. Time away from a problem can actually make it easier to solve. Taking a few deep breaths or a walk to let your mind subconsciously marinate over the issue can be incredibly beneficial. Find a way to take a few moments for yourself. Other ideas include listening to music, watching a short funny video, moving to another task and then coming back, or anything else that can slow down your thought process on that issue.

2.    Exercise: Exercise is one of the most effective stress relievers. It can allow you to take your stress out in a physical manner. Whether boxing, running, or even yoga, all forms of exercise done just for you can be incredibly effective for stress in can add to stress if that is where you or outside influences push you to succeed.

3.    Utilize Your Family and Friends: Talking to someone about the problems you are facing or the pressure you are feeling can be its own form of stress relief. Sharing that burden allows you to not only ask for help, but also allows you to problem solve with other people. Sometimes obvious solutions can be in front of us but we don’t see them due to stress. Also, talking to someone can help you figure out how to balance and manage your time.

4.    Sleep and Eat: Sleeping and eating well are usually the first things to go when people get stressed. Make sure you take time to get the full amount of sleep you need each night and to eat healthy during the day.

5.    Manage Your Time: Coming up with an effective time management plan can help you tackle your problems and minimize their impact since you can break them down into smaller chunks.

We here at Success Skills Weekly are hopeful that these tips will help you or your teen reduce stress as they head into another exam period. Our weekly calls allow teens to ask questions or share concerns about stress. Check out our website for more information at However, it is best to remember that spring break is just around the corner, so check out our website after you’ve enjoyed a well deserved break!

If managing stress is a skill that you or your teen would like to work on, please contact us at or call
1-877-872-5019 for more information.

Rachel Lewis
Rachel Lewis graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in just three and a half years in December, 2010, and has already written a book and started her second business.  She has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Fox Business and has been cited in an article in Forbes on successful businesses. She has worked with students from middle school through college helping with goal setting, confidence building, study skills, and getting ready for “the real world.” She launched Success Skills Weekly with her mother and brother to assist students with critical skills that are needed for success, but not being taught anywhere. Rachel is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, and was selected as a Belle of the American Royal in 2011 and has been an active volunteer for the BOTAR and the American Royal organizations. She is also an Assistant Dance and Cheer Team Coach at her high school alma mater.

If you would like more information about a success skills program for your middle school, high school or college age student, please visit,  email Rachel directly at or call 1-877-872-5019.

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