Stress is completely normal for you to be feeling, and this page is here to help. Whether the stress is due to a relationship, school work, family issues, or something in-between, you are not alone. Explore this page to find helpful links to apps, websites and videos!
Articles & Techniques for Stress Relief
- STRESS! (Teen Health from Nemours)
- Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief (helpguide.org)
- Five ways to prevent stress build up (Teen Health from Nemours)
- Yoga for Stress Relief (Teen Health from Nemours)
- Stress Center (Teen Health from Nemours)
Resources below provided by MindfulNYU:
Please keep in mind that mindfulness techniques are meant to be used in conjunction with, not as a substitution for, services offered by trained health professionals.
Need to relax? Click on one of the following mp3s for a guided relaxation exercise. Want relaxation to go? These mp3s are downloadable - right click and save to your computer.
- Anxiety Locator
- Body Awareness
- Body Scan
- Breath Awareness
- Chair Yoga
- Guided Meditation
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery
- Sweet Dreams
- Sweet Dreams (Extended Version)
- Calm: Need a little more calm in your life? Now available for iPhone or on calm.com, Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax, focus and much more.
- Mental Workout®: Freedom from Stress and Mindfulness Meditation are just two of the great free lite programs in this app.
- Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.
- Stop, Breathe, Think: Get meditating in 5 minutes. Easy. With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK.
Basic Instructions for Meditation
- Make sure to eliminate distractions you may have brought with you to the meditation suite before entering the room by turning off any electronic devices you have.
- Choose a spot in the room where you feel comfortable and are not too crowded by fellow meditators, and select a cushion if you wish.
- Relax your body into a position that feels comfortable to you. This can be sitting cross-legged, but it does not have to be. Make sure that you have a straight back so that you can take deep breaths, and adjust your position as you strive to eliminate any tension in your body.
- Begin to focus on your breathing, the feeling of inhaling a sustaining breath of air, holding that air in your lungs for a few seconds, and then slowly exhaling. You may experience racing thoughts, fatigue, or restlessness — this is all normal. Keep bringing your attention back to the inhale and exhale of your breath.
- Once you are somewhat settled in your breath, notice what is happening in the room and in your body — including sounds, sensations, thoughts, emotions — without getting carried away by them. When you do get carried away, simply bring your attention back to your breath and the present moment with gentleness.
- Don't give up! There is no such thing as meditating “wrong.” The more you practice, the easier it gets to stay present.