Benjamin K.


A teenager’s life is full of stress.
Full to the brim and ready to explode at any minute
Like a teenager’s head,
Which is jammed with both necessary and unnecessary information.
There are many different causes of stress:
Parents expecting you to be perfect, and to outdo previous achievements,
The pressure to do drugs, drink, and to fit in,
Parents who fight, and who make the air around you
So thin you could snap it in half.
Teachers expecting too much of you.
Having social skills that don’t get you anywhere,
Except to the back of the bus,
Or make your weekend nights …
Nights spent doing nothing, creating even more stress to fit in.
It is a cycle, and a destructive one.
Stress wears down a teenager,
Making him or her feel like there will never be a time
Where they will be able to relax.
Stress is not always easy to cope with.
You can try your hardest in school or go for extra help.
You can go into your room to avoid your parents or your siblings,
And to have some much-needed alone time.
You can try your hardest in school or go for extra help.
You can take breaks from your friends, and avoid stressful situations.
Many of these solutions involve running away from the problem,
Or the stressful scenario, putting it off until later,
Until another time when you may or may not be ready to handle it.
Experts say that stress can lead to
Suicides, depression, and mood changes.
Everyone experiences stress in his or her lives, especially teenagers.
If you think about it, rarely is there a moment
When you do not have a single care in the world,
Or when you are not worried about something, big or small,
That could not happen, or that going on in your life.
The key to stress is to be as calm as possible,
And to not think about others things besides the task at hand,
Or else you may be unleashing a stress-avalanche on yourself.
People will say to you,
“Take a deep breath, that’s it, breathe.”
Does it work?


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