Keep Calm: 5 Ways to De-Stress for Teens

It is totally normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious right now. The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we all go about our daily lives, and it's stressful. But there are healthy and safe ways to deal with it. Here are five ways that you can de-stress from the comfort of your home. 

Meditation can do wonders for your emotional health. It allows you to focus your thoughts and achieve a sense of calm. If you’re new to meditation, there are many guided meditation videos on YouTube.

If meditation doesn’t feel like your thing, try coloring! It's been proven to help achieve the same sense of calm as meditation. You can color online or use an app. Happy Color (available on iOS and Android) is my favorite coloring app.

Exercise is proven to improve mood, decrease stress and even help you sleep better. Planet Fitness is offering daily home workout videos, and Down Dog is offering its apps for free until May 1 (or if you use your school email to login, you’ll get it free until July 1), which include yoga, barre, high-intensity interval workouts and 7-minute workouts. 

If you need something a little less intense, try relaxing to music. CPL has Hoopla, which you can use to stream or download music. If you’re not sure what to listen to, no worries! Check out curated playlists on Spotify based on your mood; one that I love is called Calm Vibes.

Finally, a great way to get out of your own stressful thoughts is to delve into a story. Check out eBooks and audiobooks from Overdrive or Hoopla. For CPL recommendations, check out our booklists, such as Best Teen eBooks of 2019.

How do you de-stress? Let us know in the comments.