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What are good ways to manage my stress as a teenager?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Teens are often under a lot of stress. It is estimated that as many as a third of teens in our country feel stressed out. There are many healthy ways to manage it.  Exercise is probably one of the best ways.  It helps to increase your endorphins (the feel good hormones) and it is good for overall health. 

One of the other great stress relievers is yoga.  Teens who do yoga regularly  are more relaxed and focused. It is a great thing to do while studying or before taking a test.  It can be as simple as doing breathing exercises and stretching. 

Another great stress reliever is massage.  It relieves tension, lowers stress hormones and improves concentration.  It is also great for teenage athletes who may be suffering from the aches and pains of sports.

Finally, laughing is a wonderful stress reliever.  A funny book, television show or a movie may be just the thing to get you going.  It will bring air to the lungs and get your muscles moving.  There is nothing like a good belly laugh to make you feel better.

If you feel like all of the above help to some degree but not enough, it may be time to talk to someone.  There are wonderful counselors that can help you manage your stress and all the feelings that go along with it.  This is a stressful time for teens but there are some great things out there to help you deal with it.

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