De-Stress Your Life

By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Stressed? Tell me about it. My family has such a busy life that we eat all of our meals in the car. I'm a cheerleader and track member, and my mom works as a teacher while attending grad school. She's in her last semester so right now she's also working on an internship in the afternoons. This makes my life VERY stressful! But too much stress is not good for you. It can lower your grades, cause acne, cause fights with your friends, and make you sick. Here are a few tips on de-stressing:

- Don't sweat the small stuff. So you left your science project at home. It's okay, your teacher will understand. Don't let small stuff get you upset, because when something big does happen, you're going to pop a blood vessel!

- Take 10 minutes out of your day to relax. Lie on your sofa with a warm washcloth over your eyes and chill. Just think about your day, and I swear after those 10 minutes you'll feel better.

- Talk to someone. Whether it's your best friend, school guidance counselor, therapist, your mom - anyone. Just let everything out about your life. You will cry, and you will laugh, but the stress that it was causing will disappear. You'll feel 2 tons lighter.

- And always remember to laugh: Studies show that people with a sense of humor have less stress than ones who never crack a smile. So show those pearly whites and laugh your butt off!

I hope my tips help you to de-stress! Let me know how they worked.

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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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