By Journey Artis
Hi All! Welcome to the first article in our A Journey With Journey series! Here we talk about all things that have to do with teen’s mental wellness and overall well being. This can range anywhere from stress to interpersonal relationships to work life balance! We are also open to taking suggestions from you, our viewers. This month's piece will talk about the new stresses that come with now being back in school as well as healthy ways to deal with those stressors. So, without further ado let’s get right into it!
Let’s first start by recognizing that experiencing stress of any kind is completely normal and does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. There is a lot of stigma around experiencing stress and due to that stigma we oftentimes feel as though something is wrong with us for not feeling like we have it under control at all times, and that is simply not realistic. And to make matters more interesting that stress is oftentimes heightened at the beginning of a new school year. For example, according to, “Community Health Magazine,” “Students are worried about the pressures that come with a new school year—fitting in, facing new learning challenges, meeting new teachers, and for some, starting a new school.” These stresses can only be heightened with SOAR’s rigorous and competitive environment, so knowing how to handle it is paramount to your success and overall well being. So, let's get into what you can do to regulate these stress levels.
Breathwork of all kinds can be beneficial and help you stay calm in times of anxiety and panic. Just taking a few seconds to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth can make all the difference.
Perhaps investing in a journal and writing down your thoughts makes more sense for you. Simply sitting down for a few minutes everyday and being with your thoughts can make all the difference.
And no we don’t mean 45 minutes of cardio in order to improve your stress levels, however studies have shown that exercising for just a few minutes a day can make all the difference in your stress and confidence levels. Not to mention cute workout attire is definitely a plus!
Stop Overthinking at The Source!
I personally need help with this one but stopping overthinking at the source can stop tons of stress before it even starts. A positive and worthwhile thought could be, “If it won’t matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes thinking about it.” This saying can help you categorize your thoughts and help you ask yourself if it is really worth all the time and energy. You could also take a negative thought and turn it into a positive one before you catch yourself getting caught up in it. The latter is a harder skill to build but I have faith in you all.
While we are on the topic of affirmations we could all work on being a bit nicer and more patient with ourselves. A simple, “I got this,” or “I’m doing the best I can today,” makes all the difference.
I hope these tips and bits of background knowledge on stress helped you all and remember you’re never alone in your struggles!