Nowadays, with the quicker pace of life along with school and job pressures, many teens feel that they are stressed out to the max. How to relieve that tension? Your could try a kids game called "Stress Relief Aquarium 2" which is an arcade game on www.gamegar.com in which you can remove your stress by torturing an innocent fish in the aquarium. You have many ways. You can shock it, boil it, freeze it, poison it, jostle it or bomb it. You can even let a cat scare it. Any way you like, just relieve yourself.
This may be a short term solution but you need to do more than just play a game to relieve that stress. Besides, do we really need to take it out on a poor lil' fishie? While the reasons for stress are many, there are a number of time-tested proven techniques to relieve stress.
Here are some of the best simple and straightforward techniques:
Get your mind off the problem, it's not going anywhere, but you can. Take the dog for a mini walk. Revisit your funniest emails. Listen to your favourite song. [i]Google[/i] a beach in Tahiti. Make your self a cup of herbal tea.
Caffeine is a stimulant that increases adrenaline in the body, the very hormone you are looking to reduce. Avoid coffee (decaf is OK), colas, guarana, chocolate, and more than 2 cups of tea daily.
Turn off your computer and phone for a time; even consider turning off the TV in the background and the music. Studies show that these technologies can increase stress. You need to get away from the 'usual' so you can step back and take a breath.
Eat small meals often
Maintaining steady blood sugar levels is key to stabilizing mood. Ensure you have a small meal every 2-3 hours that contains protein. For example, a hard-boiled egg and lettuce, 10-12 almonds, a small can of tuna and brown rice.
Herbs for stress
Herbs that calm include passionflower, St. John's wort, kava, oats, damiana, chamomile. Those that reduce the effects of stress on the body include Licorice, Siberian ginseng, rhodiola and withania.
The more anxious you become, breathing becomes shallower and higher in the chest. Consciously lengthen your breath, breathing deeper into the belly. Count to three on the in-breath, and four on the out-breath. This simple relaxation technique can achieve wonders. There are many others.
Talk to yourself
Affirmations are positive, self-affirming messages to self. In the case of anxiety, calming and positive is required. Try "All will be well", or "I always cope, just breathe and relax".
Tell someone who cares
Phone your mum or a friend. Acknowledging you are finding a situation stressful, and being heard and understood by someone who cares for you, even if they can't physically help, will reduce stress levels.
The sense of smell bypasses the cognitive brain (the bit that does the worrying). Light some incense e.g. nag champa or sandalwood. Burn some aromatherapy oils such as lavender or rose. Or just wear your favourite perfume or cologne.
In the moment you feel totally overwhelmed, gently place both palms side by side on your face, fingers gently resting on your closed eyelids. This cocoons and quietens the mind, until you feel more centred and ready to face the world again.
If anxiety and stress has become a significant part your life, seek help from a psychologist or counselor, because stress is their specialty. You don't have to do this on your own. It is not a sign of weakness to seek help.