Tips for help­ing your teen de-stress and live bet­ter

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By ANITA DELP

Spe­cial to the Whig

Teens are busier than ever. When a typ­i­cal day be­gins with a rushed early morn­ing rou­tine, a full day of classes, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and part-time jobs, and then the day ends with home­work when they fi­nally do get home, it’s no won­der more teens are feel­ing stressed.

What can we do to re­duce stress and im­prove the qual­ity of life for our teens? First, pri­or­i­tize! De­cide which ac­tiv­i­ties must stay and al­lot an ap­pro­pri­ate amount of time for each. Once you have a rea­son­able sched­ule, try some of the fol­low­ing tips to min­i­mize stress. Pro­mote Prob­lem Solv­ing Skills — At­tend­ing li­brary pro­grams for teens, such as Game On! or the re­cent Es­cape lis­ten to while walk­ing the dog or bik­ing in the park. Prac­tice Re­lax­ation Strate­gies —A few easy ones to start with are med­i­tat­ing, play­ing with a pet, sip­ping tea or soak­ing in a warm bath. The Per­ryville Branch Li­brary has a DIY Bath Bombs pro­gram on Dec. 1, and CCPL of­fers an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of craft­ing books and dig­i­tal mag­a­zines for more ideas. Eat Well — Eat a va­ri­ety of fresh foods as close to their nat­u­ral state as pos­si­ble. Need sug­ges­tions? Check out the large va­ri­ety of cook­books from the li­brary, such as “The Cook­book for Teens” or “Stu­dents go Ve­gan Cook­book.” Get Plenty of Sleep — Teens need more than nine hours of sleep ev­ery night for op­ti­mal func­tion­ing. Need a book for bed­time read­ing? Visit our teen page for rec­om­men­da­tions: ce­cil. ebranch.info/teens. Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary has nu­mer­ous re­sources for learn­ing more about stress-re­lief tech­niques for all ages. Visit our li­brary’s on­line re­sources, or visit or call one of our branches, and our li­brar­i­ans will be happy to as­sist you in your search.

Each week, li­brar­i­ans at Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary will use their in­for­ma­tion and re­search ex­per­tise to high­light re­sources, tools and ideas ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of top­ics, such as small busi­ness, job seek­ing, dig­i­tal ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy, read­ing and learn­ing. For in­for­ma­tion as­sis­tance on to­day’s topic or oth­ers, con­tact them: ask@cc­plnet.org, face­book. com/ce­cil­coun­ty­pub­li­cli­brary, 410-996-5600 x481 or ce­cil.ebranch.info.

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