I remember working with Vince G. a few years back. He was a self-described overachieving high school student from the Bay Area. On most days, he was able to balance extracurriculars with academics, a part time job, sports and a girlfriend. But in the fall of his junior year, he found himself overwhelmed trying to write a college application essay. The importance of this work weighed heavily on him and he struggled to accomplish anything. Understandably, Vince was feeling stressed.
Faced with rigorous academics, extracurricular activities, college deadlines, family issues, social media toxicity and the drama-filled world of adolescence, it’s no wonder teens are more stressed out than ever.
Understanding the stress of our times on the youth mindset, we routinely work with students like Vince on their stress management. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a teen transform from scattered and scared to organized and self-assured.
How do we help students achieve this evolution and best cope with stressful conditions? Among the many tools and resources we work with, we’ve found these 5 tips to be our favorites. Work with them singly as needed, or go through them in succession, starting with #1.
For those feeling stressed in the moment, or about a future time, try these: