keeps us alert and prepares us to react. If a cave man saw a wholly mammoth and he just stood there, the cave man would probably get flattened. Stress is what allowed the cave man to respond quickly. He could either run away from the animal or he decide to fight it. (i know that you aren't a caveman). It is normal to have a stress reaction. Here is the problem, if you feel stressed all the time and never relax, than you could become tense and eventually burned out.
When a person feels constantly stressed , he or she might develop problems over time like headaches, problems with sleep
, irregular bowel
movements or stomachaches, high blood pressure
. Being overly stressed without doing something about it can cause some early signs of aging.
Hereâ€™s some advice. First off, stop calling yourself a â€œstress headâ€. Second, you are not â€œscrewed.â€ you are only seventeen years old, so you have the opportunity to address your stress levels early on. If you use any drugs or alcohol
â€” donâ€™t. In the long run it will make things worse. Ensure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep per day; you may even need more than that. Eat healthy foods
at least three times a day. Exercise
. Exercise is not only a great stress reliever, it can also cause the release of natural endorphins
from your brain which will make you feel much better. Learn that there are some stressful situations that it is just best to walk away from (this does not mean that you need to avoid all situations that you find stressful). If you arenâ€™t in counseling
â€” talk to your parents about seeing a counselor, or if need be, many schools have counselors
. Some things that would valuable to learn in counseling include: deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation and how to be assertive. Counseling is a great way to get support.
Keep a positive attitude.