Tips for helping your teen de-stress and live better
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.
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