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Teen Stress Too Much Homework
Variety of reasons: Some people are so used to chaos in their lives that they aren't even aware that they are stressed. Some people have trained themselves to improve their performance when under a lot of stress. Many don't know how to get out of the stress cycle. I agree with dr pappas. Being grounded and lying stress aside for a bit - can feel good ( ; help to keep you healthy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
No Question: The more time we spend online, the less time we are physically active. The more sedentary the lifestyle, the greater the risk of many different physical problems. ...Read more
Frustration handling issues - poor anger management when emotional frustration gets too much to handle. What can I do?
Cues, counters: The keys to countering anger and frustration are: developing an awareness if what your cues or triggers are, engaging countering behaviors (e.g., progressive relaxation, challenging automatic thoughts, distraction), initiating a problem solving formula & tracking what works. Anger bouts caused by depression also helped by meds. A cognitive-behavioral therapist can help you develop skills quickly! ...Read more
Set a schedule: Figure out how much time is required for homework then set a schedule that includes family and fun time along with the time required to complete homework. This will allow your child to focus on other things and not feel overwhelmed with the amount of time required to complete homework. Setting a schedule will also allow you to remove other activities that may be time consuming and unproductive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stay in present: Staying in the present as much as possible can help to avoid over-thinking -- but some thinking can be a good (not bad) thing. Ruminating about the past and worrying about the future generally increases feelings of stress, when it's only in the present moment that we can make a difference in whatever is actually happening. Mindfulness, breathing exercises, & yoga, can all help train your mind. ...Read more
Too much stress, school and studying makes me feel depressed, do you have any advice for a struggling college student?
Check : To see if there is a clinic at your campus. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Too much exercise will not stunt your growth. It is important to learn the basics of wt training and get medical clearance from your doctor before you begin. Careful attention should be paid to correct weightlifting form, and not using too much weight or too much stress placed on the joints. The key is to provide proper nutrition during training to give the body what it needs, esp. During growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You require sunlight for vitamin d metabolism, which helps control calcium levels. You probably don't have fresh air, likely you have decreased exercise, etc. So, while "getting outside" by itself may not be required, it is the total effect of natural light, open air, no air conditioning, no re-breathing old air, etc, that has a beneficial effect as you walk around. Try it!:). ...Read more
Yes: A diet with high amounts of simple sugars can cause fluctuations in Insulin levels and lead to highs and lows of perceived energy and mood. Such a diet is associated with overweight and obesity in teenagers, and might increase the risk for type ii diabetes in the future. Simple sugars should compose a small part of your diet. ...Read more
Interaction is good: Adequate social interaction is important for everyone, especially teens. But, people have varying needs and preferences for social interaction. A therapist who specializes in working with adolescents might be helpful in evaluating the situation and providing treatment if needed. ...Read more
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