8 Ways Christian Teens Can Cope with Stress

Sometimes life gets pretty stressful. Many teens feel stressed around big moments in their lives like final exams, prom, applying to college, or the first day of school. Stress can be a pretty dangerous thing, because it clouds our judgment and can cause physical problems like illness. It can also get in the way of our spiritual lives by fostering anger or resentment toward God. Here are some ways to cope with stress:

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Pray

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There is nothing like getting closer to God in order to reduce stress. Sitting down and releasing all of your worries, anger, and other feelings to God can do a lot to lift off the burden of stress. Tell God about your circumstances and hand over all your burdens to him. The release of things into His hands does a lot to help you cope.

Psalm 130:1-2 - "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. O Lord, hear my voice. Let your years be attentive to my cry for mercy."(NIV)

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Laugh

Laughter is really one of the best medicines. When things get stressful do the things that make you laugh. Watch a funny movie. Read a funny book. Laugh with friends and family. Take some time out to laugh at life.
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Take a Deep Breath

Breathing is a great way to reduce your stress. Taking deep breaths and doing breathing exercises may seem silly, but it does a lot to relax your body and clear up some of the things clouding your head.
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Plan Ahead

Most teens don't think much about their date book. They tend to study when test time comes close, do their homework right before it is due, and just "go with the flow." However, having a plan will do a lot to decrease your stress. Give yourself the appropriate amount of time to complete tasks, and break those tasks down into manageable portions.
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Sleep

Sleep is another great tool in reducing stress. It is essential to allowing our bodies to recover from daily stress. You should be getting at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Pulling an "all-nighters" may seem like a way to get things done, but eventually that lack of sleep takes its toll by making you sick or cranky.
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Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

Prayer is a big part of reducing stress, but so is keeping your focus on God. Using your devotional can be another way for you to let go of some of the things putting pressure on you. You can lose yourself for a while in the Word. It will help improve your attitude and allow you to relax away from parents, studies, and more.
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Choose the Right Friends

As a Christian, not all your friends need to be Christians, but you do need to have some friends that support you in your faith. Without good support, being a Christian can be stressful in itself. Consider getting involved in Christian activities either at school or at church. Surround yourself with people that will be supportive during stressful times and not add to your burdens.

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Learn to Say "No"

When most people think of the slogan "Just Say No" they think of drugs and alcohol. However, this should be the mantra for a stressed-out student. Some stress comes from doing everything you're asked to do. There are some times when it is okay to say "no" to the requests of friends, families, teachers, and more. If it is going to add too significantly to your stress level, say so.