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!
Feeling Stressed? You're not alone
In this SBFC video, teens from Redondo Union High School and Mira Costa High School share what stress them out, how they cope, and what parents can do to help.
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.