Five Ways to Relieve Stress


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By Samantha Mistretta, Editor

As teenagers, we are faced with a lot of stress. Whether it comes from school, work, or home, almost everyone has something that causes some sort of stress. Personally, I get overwhelmed very easily and deal with stress frequently, so I decided to find ways to relieve some of that worry.

This list has been created over time, and adjusted to fit my mentality. But, if anything on this list can help to relieve anyone’s stress in some shape or form, I will have succeeded in my goal for writing this article.  On that note here are my top 5 ways to relieve stress:


  • Writing: I find that writing helps to clear my mind. Whether I’m writing a story, or about what is stressing me out. Writing is also a good way to express your thoughts without having to explain them to someone else. So when you write it down, no matter how you word it, you understand it.
  • Drawing: Similar to writing, I find that drawing is another way to express yourself. Not only do I draw but I color and paint as well. I feel that when you focus on a different subject rather than what is bothering you, it truly helps to sooth you.
  • Do not procrastinate: Procrastination is a problem of mine. I tend to procrastinate a lot and stress out when I begin running out of time. So the days I start my work early I am more relaxed by the time I’m done and more appreciative of the low-stress levels. This is a great method, and kind of common knowledge, but it’s worth trying if you find that you procrastinate a lot.
  • Clean your bedroom: It doesn’t need to be your bedroom, but, at least, be a room that you spend a lot of time in. Although this is a physical action, this method is a mental thing to me. I spend a lot of time in my room when I’m home. So metaphorically, at least to me, my room represents  my mind. I find that when my room is messy my mind feels cluttered and I have more weight weighing on my shoulders. But when my room is clean, my mind feels clear and I tend to feel more relaxed. So clean your room because it could equal less stress and happy parents.
  • Talk to someone: Although talking to someone may be hard, getting problems off your chest really helps to get rid of it. Not only are you not bottling it up anymore, but the person you are telling may be able to help you find a solution for the stress. Talking to someone is an easy task and has many positive outcomes.


   As you can see there are many ways to relieve stress. I am sure you have ways of your own, and as long as they are safe and healthy and they relieve stress that is the key.