Teen Stress Is Real

Teens are anxious about a lot of things in their lives and, like adults, they need an outlet for stress. If we don’t suggest some options, they’ll likely experiment for themselves, sometimes with unexpected and undesirable consequences.

How pronounced is stress in teens? A survey by the APA (August 2013) showed more than 64% of the teens surveyed experienced moderate or extreme stress in the last month. About 13% of teens say they experienced extreme stress levels. Compare that to the  21% of adults reporting extreme stress levels and it’s easy to draw the conclusion that teens are following in their parents footsteps on the way toward a future of chronic stress and the chronic illness that often follows.

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Teen Sports and Massage Therapy

Every athlete is on the lookout for an edge that helps them train more effectively, perform better and recover from injuries more quickly.  For teens, whose bodies are still growing, muscles are more vulnerable to physical stressors, and because the muscles are getting longer, sometimes there are naturally occurring “growing pains”.

In any competitive or recreational sport, the risk of injury is high, and the risk of acquiring a long term injury is very real  Teen sports are no exception. School injury prevention programs are typically limited to padding and equipment, and maybe a few stretches.  For an active, growing teen, this really isn’t enough.

Stress is also a significant factor in growing teens, just like it is for adults.  Whether it’s school, the pressure to excel, family issues, or relationships, stress can be a real and harmful emotional drain.

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Teens Are More Stressed Than You Think

 

Being a teen doesn’t prevent someone from experiencing stress. Teens need guidance to help reduce stress and massage can help.

It’s a fast-paced world.  Teens are surrounded by an always-connected, competitive, socially charged whirlwind of challenges. Teens are anxious about a lot of things in their lives and, like adults, they need an outlet for stress. On top of that, they are growing, which means aches and pains and lots of hormonal craziness. If we don’t suggest some options to reduce these stressors, teens will likely experiment for themselves, sometimes with unexpected and undesirable consequences. 

In a recent study by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, teens cited school, homework, and academic pressures as the #1 causes of stress. Parents/family, social life and relationships, and keeping up with deadlines/managing time and participation in team sports came in next.  Continue reading “Teens Are More Stressed Than You Think”