6 Stress Busters [for Teens and Everyone]

By Cara, age 13, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Say Buh-bye to Perfection

When we start tasks we sometimes push ourselves a little too hard, thinking what we do must be perfect. Doing a good job can be very rewarding, but when we push ourselves to be perfect we put stress on our shoulders. Before you get into tasks, ask yourself, "How much do I really need to put into this in order to accomplish it?" Reason with yourself and be realistic.

"No" (The Biggest One-Syllable Word)

Sometimes our lives get overbooked. It feels like there aren't enough hours in a day to get things done. This is extremely stressful. One way to slow things down is learning to say no. For instance, recently my friend asked me to go on a trip with her to Pismo Beach, but I had just returned from another big trip and had a lot of things to do around the house. I said no because I felt that if I went I wouldn't accomplish anything and would become even more stressed. Take a look at your schedule. Are there things that stress you out that you could do without? Learn to say no to those things you don't want to handle. If you are asked on spot to do something, and you think you may need to say no, tell the person you will get back to them later with an answer. By doing so, you will be able to think through your decision or think of a way to say no.

Make "You" Time

Everybody needs time to themselves. If you are constantly on the go and focusing on many different things, this can cause you to feel exhausted. Your body and mind need rest in this situation. Whenever possible take time for yourself to do things you enjoy. You can release stress by doing so. Exercise is a must. Getting outdoors for walks and fresh air is a good form of exercise.

Think Positive!

Changing the way you think about stressful situations can help. When you have a lot of things to do, think "It will be awesome if I can get even half of this done!" This is better than saying "There is no way I can get any of this done!" Try to take pride in what you do get done. And one more little hint: Staying calm while doing work will help better your work ... and help keep stress away from you!

Break Those Bad Habits

Sometimes we channel our stress into other things, such as shopping or overeating, which can add even more stress into our lives. The next time you are stressed and reach out to these kinds of habits for comfort, stop yourself. Don't let it happen. They will only stress you further. Besides, making "you" time is sooo much better for you than unhealthy weight gain or spending money you can't spare on unnecessary things.

Build a Good Team

Surround yourself with people who are good for you. Try to find people who are positive and supportive - people you can trust. These are the people who will be able to talk to you after a stressful day and care about what's going on in your life. This will help you mentally as well.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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