Q. How do you handle stress and anxiety when you start to feel overwhelmed with life?
A. I take a minute and step away from everything. If I’m stressed with school, I take a break from studying and plan out a schedule to keep me on track. Writing it out – things I need to get done and putting it with a time schedule, really helps. Organizing my life in this way helps me to stay in control and not feel so overwhelmed. Also, I vent with my friends and get everything off my chest – to people who care about me – really helps.
A. With life pressure, it’s harder to get away. So I take time and think about it and write about it. Writing is an outlet for whatever is on my mind. You can always look back and read it and find a lot of answers in your own words.
A. When the pressure of life is really pounding on me, I typically stop what I’m doing, take a deep breath, drink a glass of water and go for a walk to clear my mind. Sometimes the best thing you can do is give your mind a rest. If you’re still stressed, then I recommend that you have some tea, put on your pajamas and go to bed early. It’s hard to think with a clear head when you’re running low on energy.
Q. Have you ever felt depressed? Who did you talk to and how did you handle it?
A. Absolutely. I think everyone hits a breaking point at least once in their life. It’s hard to get out because you feel like you’re good for nothing. Surprisingly, the best help I had didn’t come from any friends, it came from my parents. They helped me focus on things that brought my energy level up and took my stress away.
A. When I get sad, I let people close to me know... and they are all I need sometimes.
Q. What would you tell a teen who is depressed and feeling the pressure of life, and is either using, or considering using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope?
A. I would say that as much as it might seem to be helping…. drinking and drug use are actually going to hurt your more. Alcohol is a depressant, many drugs are. You need to find a lasting release from stress and depression and face the problems instead of seeing a temporary escape with drugs and alcohol.
A. I would tell them the facts. Drug and alcohol use is counter-productive and can actually lead to depression. I would also hare my way of coping – focusing on self-improvement, start exercising more, be productive and look for ways to make another person’s day better.