What Teenagers Need to Know About Stress
It was 9 a.m. Jerry, a 15-year-old boy, was sitting in the classroom with a quiz on his desk. The teacher was busily writing in the front. His classmates were either copying the notes on the blackboard or correcting the mistakes on the quiz, but Jerry wasn't. He looked at the grade on his quiz paper. In his head, the words his parents shouted at each other kept repeating. He felt stressed out. Stress isn't new to Jerry, but lately he's had a hard time dealing with it. To be able to live with everyday stress, Jerry needs to understand the following points.
1. Stress is neither good nor bad. Learning to deal with it is a lesson in life.
2. Stress will affect not only a person's daytime performance but also his or her nighttime sleep.
3. Last but not least, turn stress around and make the most of it.
Here's a good sentence to keep in mind, "If you spell stressed backwards, you get desserts." Good luck, Jerry. Don't tell me you understand teenagers' everyday life. Adults usually think a teenager's life is happy and easy; however, many studies show the stress modern teenagers have is as much as adults do. Their stress may come from family, school work, social life, or changes in their bodies.
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