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A taste-berry teen's guide to managing the stress and pressures of life ; with contributions from teens for teens
Youngs, Bettie B.
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [2001]

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xx, 310 pages ; 22 cm
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BF724.3.S86 T37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Like its predecessors in this phenomenal series, this new addition tacklesthe pressures of being a teen through a combination of stories and compassionate wisdom provided by the mother/daughter team ofBettie and Jennifer Youngs.

In A Taste-Berry Teen's Guide to Managing the Stress and Pressures ofLife ,teens will learn how to:

Understand what stress is-and isn't Examine how they respond to stressful situations and how effective it is Determine how stress affects their physical and emotional behavior Minimize stress and stay cool under pressure through some terrific (andtime-tested) intervention and prevention strategies Get through stressful situations and use them to their advantage.

Stories written by teens demonstrate the issues that are a source of stressfor them, including schoolwork, dating, moving, parents' divorce, weightproblems and sexual identity. To cope with these problems, the author suggeststhree skills for helping teens "think" their way through stressful times.Practical stress-busting techniques are also provided in each chapter.

A Taste-Berry Teen's Guide to Managing the Stress and Pressures of Life issure to be the next big success in this extraordinary teen series.

Author Notes

Bettie B. Youngs resides in California.



Part II Understanding the Many "Personalities" of Stress We suffer more in imagination than in reality. Seneca, Epistulae ad Lucilium Stress. We hear the word and use it a great deal, but what is it really? If someone asked you to define stress, what would you say? Maybe you associate it with events like taking a final exam; the adrenaline rush of being the focus of attention at an important competition in a sports activity, or being on center-stage during a school play or you've got the closing arguments in your school's debate club city championship. Maybe it's that sense of anxiety you have when you need to "face up," "square off," "confront" or "level" with someone, such as with a teacher or your parents because you've broken a promise or not followed through on a certain commitment. Maybe it's that sinking feeling of having an argument with a best friend or the nervousness of not being quite dressed and ready for the date of your dreamsùwho is knocking on your door. While situations such as these can certainly cause an "I'm stressed" response, they are just that: a situation, an event, a happening. While you can't always control or change the event (it's your turn to get up and give that oral report in front of the class), how you respond is under your control. For instance, in the case of the oral report, you can be as prepared as you can possibly be; you can start your day by having a good night's rest, eating a good breakfast, and as an extra confidence boost, looking especially cool that day. Stress, on the other hand, is its own agenda: it is the body's physical, mental and chemical reaction to the circumstances you're facing. No matter what kind of stress-creating factor it is that you're facingùyour first kiss, or facing a near head-on collision with a fellow classmate as you make a mad dash to get to classùthe same reactions go off in your body. This is good: your body readies itself to deal with the situation at hand. If, for example, you step off a curb and suddenly an unexpected car wheels around a corner and nearly hits you, it's highly likely that within the flash of a instant, your body will command you to leap out of the way. And of course, stress can overwhelm you to the point of not being effective. If, for example, you study up for an important test, but on the day of the test you are not nervous about taking it, it's possible that you draw a blank, not remembering even the most easy and common facts! So, it's important to learn all you can about coping with stress in positive ways and not let it get the best of you. Consider this unit the Cliff Notes on Stress. Throughout the next few chapters, you'll learn all about the nature of stress, its pros and cons and how you can use stress to your advantage. You'll learn what you can do when your stress gets too high, and what you can do to create a little stress in your life so that things get exciting! And being the taste berry that you are, you know that i Excerpted from A Taste-Berry Teen's Guide to Managing the Stress and Pressures of Life by Bettie B. Youngs, Jennifer Leigh Youngs, Jennifer Youngs All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.