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Mental Health Minute: Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents




Narrator: Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about stress and anxiety in adolescents.

Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat.

If anxiety doesn't go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health.

There are several coping strategies you can try to reduce your anxiety and stress.

Keep a journal to help identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.

Do a body scan to identify physical symptoms of stress and anxiety in your body like headaches or body pain.

Download an app that provides relaxation or mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing or visualization.

Exercise, eat healthy, avoid caffeine, and stick to a sleep routine.

And reach out to your friends or family members who can help you cope in a positive way.

If you are still struggling to cope, or the symptoms won't go away, share how you're feeling with a parent or trusted adult. It may be time to talk to a health care professional.

Learn more about anxiety through the NIMH website, and share this mental health minute video to help someone else.