She's a teenage blogger much like myself. She loves reading, yoga and journaling. Her posts are inspired by topics like lifestyle, health, well-being, food, fashion and travelling. Her blog is full of tips and tricks for handling stress, coping with school and getting the most out of your teenage years. In this post she explains the 4 tips we all need to live a simple and mindful year...especially with it being a New Year!
And she gladly decided to be a part of this CommuniTEA series. I'm so humbled to have worked in collaboration with her for part 2.
So here it is....
You’re not alone. A 2013 survey by the APA found that stress is extremely common among teenagers. Teenagers who responded to the survey report they’re experiencing what they think are unhealthy levels of stress, especially during the school year.
ACCORDING TO APA.ORG “School is the top source of stress for teens. Getting into a good college or deciding what to do after high school is the second-biggest source of tension. The mind and body are closely connected, and stress can affect the body from head to toe. And in fact, the survey found teens experience both emotional and physical symptoms of stress. Common symptoms include feeling nervous or anxious, feeling tired, procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities, feeling overwhelmed, having negative thoughts and experiencing changes in sleeping habits. Problems with concentrating and changes in eating habits (eating too much or too little) are also linked to stress.”
What You Have All Been Waiting For...
As a teenager, life has never been so stressful and overwhelming. From school to social media, our physical and mental health isn’t always our number one priority. There are so many things we are expected to keep up with in the world, new clothing trends, social media platforms, family drama and school assignments. It can be almost impossible to actually be up to date with anything, including our own personal lives. That’s why it’s so important to focus in on what you want to achieve in life, unlocking your full potential and set aside time for doing things that you love and enjoy.
Recently, I’ve started noticing how hard it is to manage my relationships with family and friends, keep up with school work, take part in after school activities and still make time for what I want to do. The holiday season is now in full swing, so I thought now would be a great time to start making some small, everyday changes that will help keep me de-stressed in the school semesters and keep my schedule free of any unnecessary commitments. Here is a list of how you can simply your life and bring mindfulness into your routine.
1. Set a time limit for screens
We don’t realise it, but so much time is wasted just scrolling through Instagram or refreshing Facebook. Set aside some scheduled time every day so you’re not just wasting time when you could be doing something productive and more enjoyable. I also recommend downloading a screen timer app which shows you how long you have used your phone that day, how many times you’ve unlocked your phone and what apps you use most.
2. Get outside and exercise
Don’t worry about spending a tonne of money on a fancy gym membership. Simply head outdoors and go for a run, walk your dog or do a twenty minute workout or yoga routine in your backyard. Exercise is something that most of us try and avoid but in reality, it’s really important and a fundamental factor to our physical and mental health..
3. Keep a planner or journal
If you’re really struggling to keep track of time, use a planner or journal. Planners are great because they are set out so you can see each year, month, week and day separately. Use a planner to write down assignments that are due soon, lessons you want to remember, after school activities and time for your own hobbies that you can do at home or with friends.
When making big decisions like choosing subjects, whether you should date someone or not or what university or school to attend, trusting yourself is really important. Give yourself some credit and remember that you are not alone in how you feel and what you are experiencing.
There are so many rituals that you can bring into your everyday life. I hope that these habits help and that you also find some others that you can bring into your own schedule. Remember, “Going back into a simpler life is not a step backwards.” Yvon Chouinard
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So that's it for today guys! Part 3 is in the making as we speak. I've really enjoyed working with Bethan to provide you with these tips. I know i definitely will be paying more attention to my mind and body and how I feel these next couple of weeks. HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? it's midterm season at my school....yay (feigns laughter for the sake of the torture she will endure these few days ahead). With that in mind I have more school related posts on the way. Let the grind begin! (*not really)
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