Stress is usually something that adults deal with…

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Stress is usually something that adults deal with and it’s easy for them to forget that young people have stress in their lives too. Between school, work, family issues, friend drama and everyday teen issues, stress can really pile on. Take all that and throw on a life crisis such as homelessness or an abusive relationship and the lives of youth can become downright chaotic.

As youth, it’s important to have ways to reduce stress for yourself when you need it. When you’re feeling stressed out, it’s important to know the resources available to you. Knowing who you can reach out to, such as friends, family, trusted adults, doctors, teachers, etc, is the first step in reducing stress. Once you know who you can reach out to, seeking them out to talk about your stress will help you to figure out ways to ease it. It’s also important to be able to think through your options in order to be able to figure out the best outcome. Writing down all the options you have to fix the issue stressing you out and then taking the time to write out the pros and cons of those options is the best way to see which option is the best for your situation.

Ultimately you are the only person who knows what is best for you when you are feeling stressed out. Whether it be taking a walk, listening to music or talking to a trusted friend, nothing is wrong if it helps you to feel better. Remember that you can always call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you haven’t yet figured out what helps you reduce stress and need someone to talk to!

– Katrina


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