November 21st, 2016
Teens are busier than ever. When a typical day begins with a rushed early morning routine, a day full 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 Room Challenges, provides opportunities for teens to interact in a fun and stress-free environment. Visit our website for a complete list of programs and classes for all ages.
Make Time for Physical Exercise – Download a favorite book or music to 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 December 1st<, 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 our large variety of cookbooks from the library, such as The Cookbook for Teens or Students go Vegan Cookbook.
Get Plenty of Sleep – Teenagers need more than 9 hours of sleep every night for optimal functioning. Need a book for bedtime reading? Visit our teen page for recommendations: www.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.