For Teens Only: One Smart Way to Calm Days

Look Listen Learn for calm daysWith school in full swing, you may be feeling the pressure mounting. If you’re a senior, you may feel overwhelmed with all the counselor meetings, college applications and other activities to prepare you for the next chapter of your life – not to mention just THINKING about the next chapter of your life. If you are a junior, your classes may be extra tough, especially if you are taking a full load of AP classes.

Even if you are doing things you’re passionate about – soccer, dance, music, theater – too much without enough rest can leave you feeling physically drained, unable to focus and just plain sap your spirit.

Calm days ahead

There’s one way to help banish that pressure-cooker feeling. It’s free, easy and only takes a few minutes. Best of all, it works to quickly bring calm to your day.

What’s the trick to calmer days? Every day, take a few minutes to stop what you’re doing and just look at and listen to the world around you. Go ahead, give it a try and see what you can learn. Really, it’s that easy: Look. Listen. Learn.

You can start by taking 30 minutes today to just observe the world around you. If that feels like FOREVER, consider taking 15 minutes or even as little as 5 minutes. Start by taking a deep breath and then take it all in. When you do, you may find you’ll learn more about the world around you, gather new inspiration and perhaps even learn a little more about yourself.

It may seem counterintuitive, but taking time each day to slow down, even just a little bit, can help bring calm to the rest of your day, help you be more productive and ultimately be your best you. It’s one often overlooked trick that can deliver huge benefits if you are feeling stressed out.

Nugget of Knowledge

Too much stress can also sap your immune health. To keep your immune defenses in top form, add these four teen-friendly foods with immune-boosting nutrients and these eight immune-boosting habits to your regular routine.

Here’s to calm days ahead!

Lorna Williams, MPH, RD
Co-author of Eating for A’s

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