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Teenage years are a stressful, but there’s a difference between stress and anxiety. Stress is mental or emotional strain or tension; anxiety is more intense, serious and long-lasting. Here are some ways to manage anxiety if you find yourself feeling out of control.
Keep a journal
Writing about what is bothering you or stressing you out helps you come to terms with the issue and come up with a plan to solve the problem. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself.
Meditating is hard at first, but don’t be discouraged. With practice, you’ll learn how to let stressful thoughts enter and pass through your mind.
Get enough sleep
Changing the way you think can reduce stress and worry. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones and surround yourself with like-minded people.
Understand what makes you tick
Figure out what makes you anxious, whether it be school or family issues, and find ways to avoid situations where those stressors are present.
Talk it out
Sharing your feelings is not always easy, but talking with a friend, parent or teacher will lift a weight off your shoulders. Chances are, they’ve been through something very similar.