North Central New Jersey Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

The Stress is Real

One of the common phrases I hear at school is, “Ugh, I’m so stressed out,” so I took a closer look as to why. High school is a difficult bridge between childhood and adulthood, with teen stress stemming from many factors, most notably academic and social concerns.

        Academics are rigorous, with challenging curriculums, large amounts of homework and standardized tests. Working to succeed becomes especially difficult when mixed with a multitude of extracurricular commitments, such as clubs, sports, performance groups, jobs and more. It is not uncommon for teens to arrive home at six or seven o’clock and still have two or three hours of homework to complete for the next day. On top of this daily time crunch, many teens are also concerned about the future—whether intended or not, teens feel the pressure to know what career path and/or college they should choose.

        In high school, teenagers are also figuring out where they fit in socially. Society has constructed an idea of what normal is, but what if someone doesn’t fall into the “normal” category? Insecurities about personality and body image can decrease teens’ self esteem by making them feel like they have failed to meet what are actually unrealistic expectations. Even little things like a negative comment or a bad hair day can be enough to deplete a teen’s self worth.

        However, support and understanding from family members, peers and educators can help teens find their way through these difficult aspects of growing up. When teens know they have someone to turn to, someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone who accepts them just the way they are, the daily grind of teenage life is just that little bit easier.

Hannah Adamson is a junior at high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Rosie Speaks

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold yogic path. Devoted study and practice of these ten principles can literally bring your yoga practice to life throughout all of your daily activities.

Touch Mother Earth Weekend 2018

The Touch Mother Earth Weekend is part festival and part learning center. Held from 5 p.m., June 1, through 8 p.m., June 3.

Rosie Speaks

Developing a seated meditation practice may not be the easiest thing to accomplish.

What is Hospice: Hospice 101

To begin, there are many myths about hospice care that need to be dispelled. People think that hospice is a place, that it’s very expensive, limited to the elderly and that people die faster while they are on hospice.

Alternative Healing Abounds

A growing number of traditional medical practitioners are now embracing the benefits of alternative healing as a complement to traditional medicine.