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Posted By iamincontrol | July 4, 2017
The results are in and it shows that Iowa teens believe they know what to do to take care of themselves in stressful situations and in life in general!
When life gets tough with school, work, family, friends or just everyday issues you need to take care of yourself first. I know it is hard to imagine a day when everything is better but trust me its out there. You are NOT alone. A few things you can do to help your body distress and lower your stress includes:
- Exercise. Just as Legally Blonde talks about “exercise creates endorphins. Endorphins makes people happy.” Exercising even once every few days will help reduce your stress! It will also allow you to feel better about your body.
- Take a hot shower. Hot water will relax your muscles as well as allow you to have time to think to yourself. Things I enjoy are getting in the shower and standing there just breathing. You can even play some soft music and create an in-house spa night.
- Write in a journal. Writing your feelings out knowing you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings is something I love to do. You can rant all you want but then leave all the issues in that book.
- Spend time with an animal. Animals such as dog and cats can help with relieving stress. Just playing around with them and petting them will allow you to keep your mind off other things.
I know things will get better for you even when you can’t see the bright days ahead. Stay positive.
For more information about how to distress, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/06/stress-relief-that-works_n_3842511.html
Posted By iamincontrol | September 16, 2014
As you go through puberty and your teenage years, you may notice that you sweat more than you did as a kid. Sometimes this is a good thing – your body sweats when it gets hot and needs to cool down. But sweating can be embarrassing, and you may want to know what else causes sweating and what you can do to combat it.
- Heat and humidity
- Emotions such as stress, anger, or being nervous
- A fever
- Caffeine (the more caffeine you have, the more you sweat)
- Spicy foods
- Some medicines
- Alcohol or smoking
How to Combat Sweating & Odor:
- Shower or take a bath every day. Wash off the odors from a full day of sweating so you stay fresh and clean.
- Calm down. Easier said than done, but if you can learn to combat your stress, you may be able to decrease the amount of sweating that occurs from being stressed or nervous.
- Use a deodorant or an antiperspirant, or both. A deodorant just masks the smell of sweat, while an antiperspirant can decrease how much you sweat.
- Wear cotton clothing, especially socks. Cotton absorbs the moisture from sweat instead of trapping it.
- Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Try to at least switch between two pairs of shoes so that each pair has one day to dry out before you wear them again.
See your doctor if you have tried all these options and nothing has helped. Sweating is normal for most teens, but it may be more serious for some and require medical attention. Some teens may have a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis, which leads to excessive sweating. To learn more about Hyperhidrosis and how to control excessive sweating, go here.
Don’t sweat it, you are in control!
Posted By iamincontrol | July 29, 2014
I have had severe anxiety since I started junior high school. Stomach aches and panic attacks were issues that I had to face daily. Even going to school or the store caused me extreme anxiety. I understand how it feels to be scared of daily events, and I never want anyone to have to feel the way I did. That’s why I want to write this blog and help anyone who has feelings like these. You are never alone, even though it may feel like it.
I remember my anxiety started to show the day my mother left to go on a trip without me. My mom dropped me off for school like normal, and after school I was to stay with my sister for a week. I had never spent that much time away from my mom, and I was terrified that something was going to happen to her. Right after I got to school, I felt extremely sick and I asked my mom to stay home with me. She of course couldn’t, and I was distraught. I went and stayed with the counselor for the rest of the day because I couldn’t get my anxiety under control.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 17, 2014
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
Stress is commonly present amongst students. Throughout my years I have definitely been stressed to the max sometimes. Exercise is a great stress reliever for me. Growing up, I was always active in sports. Each season it was a new sport; it was go, go, go. Once I graduated high school, I was no longer on a team, but I knew that I wanted to continue being active.
In college I decided to sign up for a spinning class so I would remember to go. Eventually, I got a routine down, and exercise became a part of my daily life. In fact, on days when I did not do some sort of physical activity, I felt sort of grumpy. Later that spring, I began training for a half marathon. I have always been a runner, but I had never run 13.1 miles. After a couple months of training, I completed my first half marathon. It was a great accomplishment.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 20, 2014
At the end of my senior year, I was off to college. I was starting to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Not only was I done with competitive sports, but I would be soon leaving all of my friends and family. With all these new changes occurring in my life, I started to turn to the only things I felt I could control: my diet and exercise.
I started exercising two to three times a day for hours at a time while only consuming around 1,000 calories or less a day. I soon became obsessed with my body image and couldn’t bear missing a day of working out. I limited my diet to only a few food groups. With my obsession of exercising and my diet, I started to lose relationships with my sister and friends. I had no energy to ever do anything and ended up becoming a very negative person.
Posted By iamincontrol | March 18, 2014
There are plenty of people willing to speak up in favor of the value of participating in high school sports. We’ve all heard about how fun sports are and how they teach valuable skills like teamwork, hard work, and commitment. But for some people, sports can be a source of extreme anxiety and stress. That was the case for me.
As a freshman in high school, I made the varsity softball team. After the announcement was made, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get home and try my uniform on. I set the goal to be a four year starter and promised myself I would practice harder and longer than everyone else. My hard work paid off, and I became the starting third baseman. I was on my way to achieving my goal.
Then, during my junior year, everything changed. A new freshman made varsity and she also desired the third base position. I pledged to work even harder and practiced every moment I possibly could. Despite my hard work, I arrived one game to find a Junior Varsity jersey on my seat. I had lost my starting position.
This was one of the most devastating experiences during my time in high school. I cried for days and blamed myself for not working even harder. I became incredibly anxious for every practice and game, afraid that I would make mistakes and never get my position back. So much of my self-esteem and self-worth had come from my softball success, and I began to feel like I had less value as a person. I constantly worried about my softball performance and found it hard to have fun with my friends or concentrate on other activities. I eventually earned a starting spot again the next season, after spending an entire year obsessing over this sport and my worth on the team.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 19, 2013
Going through high school can be stressful for any kid, and everybody has their different ways to cope with stress. In my experience I was constantly stressed out with grades and also with the high school sports that I participated in. I tried many remedies to cope with this stress, but the one that really put an end to my stress was through exercise.
I found that if I was stressed in a situation at home, the best way to cope was for me to go outside and shoot hoops. Shooting hoops, for me, allowed me to get away from everyone and not think about what was stressing me out. Instead, I would focus on a skill that involved exercise and try to perfect it. The exercise calmed me down, and focusing on perfecting my skill allowed me to reduce stress in other areas in my life. Playing basketball because I was stressed let me be confident in my ability on the court. After all, the shooting and trying to get better made it more fun to compete.