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Stress: its negative impact on teenagers

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Hi there! My name is Manasi Garg and I am a sophomore at Greenwich Academy. My topic for you today is the affect of stress on teenagers in high school. You will learn what stress really is, how it affects the brain, and how it can be managed in a healthy way! See my brief introduction video below:

What is stress?

The definition of stress is: “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”

The feeling of stress is all too familiar to everyone, but especially teenagers in high school who struggle with high pressure to get good grades and get into college. 

Adolescents (ages 10-19)  are in a phase of their life where their brain is maturing. It has not yet been fully developed so this phase is crucial for growth

An excess of stress creates a negative impact where the neural maturity of the brain is affected- meaning that it can change the way your brain matures

  • Leads to anxiety and depression as you mature

The stress felt now can create an impact on the brain that will remain into your adult years

So what does that mean?- stress is inevitable but it is important how you deal with it. If we can find a way to manage it in a healthy and lasting way, we will all see improvements in our mental-healths and well-being.

How stressed are you?

Take this short quiz to find out: Stress Test- UC Berkley

After taking the quiz, try out one of the recommended exercises and post about it below! (click on the link)

https://padlet.com/mgarg2/stresstest

In order to teach others about the effects of stress I would like to teach a class. The first unit would be on the neuroscience of stress and how it affects your brain. Students would learn about the physical impact in addition to the mental impact we all can feel. The culminating assignment would most likely be a project in the form of presentations or an art project where you show which parts of the brain are affected.

The second unit would focus on positive and healthy ways to deal with stress. This is beneficial to improve every other part of one’s life and important for our mental healths. The end of unit activity would include creating a fun vlog video where you track your progress for two weeks about the practice you chose for relieving stress.

Since the class focuses on growth mindset, the grading system would be different and I would allow for the points lost to be made up so theoretically everyone would get grades. Perhaps through an extra research assignment. It would be like extra credit. An interesting idea would also be exploring phrases of encouragement as grades. Instead of an A, it would be great job, and almost there instead of a C. This would motivate students

The point of the class is to do fun and unconventional activities each day. In a busy academic schedule, the class will act as a way to destress with group meditations starting each class and team building exercises so every gets comfortable with each other. The point is to learn and take a minute to take care of ourselves!

Take this quick poll below: I hope you learned something!

https://linkto.run/p/43F8P7H5

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COMMENTS: 4
  1. April 25, 2019 by Olivia Hebert

    I find this topic to be intriguing because I am a teenager, and I often find myself stressed about both little and big things.You mentioned that the stress we feel now can can create an impact on the brain through adulthood. In what specific ways does stress affect our brain?

    • April 26, 2019 by Manasi Garg

      Hi, stress affects our prefrontal cortex by shrinking it and hinders its ability to function to its maximum. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it!

  2. April 26, 2019 by Abigail.Carlton

    Hi Manasi! You have a very interesting and cool project! As a teenager, it is easier to relate to topics like these as it focuses on things we all go through. Your interactive components of this presentation were also really cool. It would have been really interesting to see statistical evidence behind this. Great job!

    • April 26, 2019 by Manasi Garg

      Hi, that’s a great idea that slipped my mind thanks for the suggestion.

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