How can I relieve stress quickly if I'm a teen?

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Stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health. If you're a teen who is stressed to the max, use these 5 tips to help you cope with everyday stress.

#1 – Eat Healthy - If you truly want to reduce your stress levels, then you have to watch what you eat.  If you load down on junk or even skip meals, then how do you expect to perform your best? Just like a car needs good fuel to run, your body needs good nutrients to operate.
 #2 – Sleep - Your body needs rest. Sleep is your body’s automatic meditation mode. It helps you clear your mind and relax so you’ll be ready to tackle the next day’s tasks and perform better. 
 #3 – Get Moving - It’s not uncommon to get so bogged down that the last thing you want to do is get up and move. If you’re thinking “I don’t have time to exercise,” think again! According to research, just two hours of extra exercise each week can improve your school performance. So not only is exercise good for you, it will also make you perform better.
#4 – Schedule "Me" Time - Take some time out of your busy day and spend it with a very important person; yourself! You need time to relax and have fun. It's important to schedule some time into you busy day to do something you enjoy, like seeing a movie, reading a book, going shopping, or hanging out with friends.
#5 – Find Balance - Don’t take on more than you can accomplish. Find a way to balance all of the things that are on your plate. You can start by making a list and marking off anything that doesn’t need your attention this very moment. Practice managing your time and prioritizing what needs to be done so that you can work smarter, not harder.

Take some time each day and incorporate some of these stress busters into your life. Not only will you feel more relaxed, you'll feel more happy! 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
But in the heat of the moment, at peak periods of high intensity,
you should be able to pull a quick stress-busting behavior out of your bag of tricks. Our suggestions:
  • Scrunch your face tightly for fifteen seconds, then release. Repeat several times. This repetitive contraction and relaxation helps release tension you’re holding above the neck.
  • Breathe in, lick your lips, then blow out slowly. The cool air helps you refocus and slow down. If your lips get too chapped, you can just breathe in, hold for 3 seconds, and breathe out slowly over several more seconds. Sit up tall when you do it. You’re actually getting more oxygen to brain cells that way, and giving your body a nice time out.
  • Cork it. Hold a wine cork (don’t uncork the bottle yourself, bucko) vertically between your teeth. Gently biting the cork forces your jaws--a major holder of tension--to relax.  

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.