Young adults (aged 18-33) used to be the most stressed age range in America. After all, they dealt with the pressures of college classes, career exploration, dating, marriage, new motherhood, exams, etc. 

Now though, it’s changed. Who are the most stressed out people in America? 

You got it. Teens.

According to a 2014 survey, one-third of teens experience overwhelming stress during the school year. And, who can blame them? They have to deal with all the angst of classes, college prep, sports, scholarships, bullies, boyfriends, girlfriends, self-esteem, and more. 

So, now that the school year’s started, what can you do, as a busy Scout, to balance life and avoid too much stress?

Here are some tips:

  1. Set goals and list priorities.

Where do you even start? According to bestseller Steven Covey, you need to distinguish between what is important and what is not. Consider what you value. Then, create tasks. Decide which category a task falls into out of these options: urgent and important, important, urgent but not important, not important or urgent. 

Consider what you want to achieve: striving for an Eagle, earning merit badges, finishing homework, attending extracurricular activities. After you prioritize, complete tasks first that are urgent or important first. 

2. Cut back on phone-related activities.

How much time do you spend texting? Using Instagram? Watching Youtube videos? You will find more balance in life if you cut back on phone-related activities. 

I know! It’s simple, but it will work. Stop checking every Facebook update, and you will be surprised about how much time exists.

3. Exercise and eat regularly.

You may not think that adding more to your schedule will help you balance it better. How does that make sense? Well, it does. If you want to feel more balanced and less stressed, exercise and eat three meals each day. 68 percent of teens report that exercising helps them manage stress very effectively. 

Teens are the most stressed people in the world. You have a lot to balance in your life! We know Scouting adds something to your schedule, but it’s possible to juggle all our your life demands. 

With the new school year starting, try out these three simple tips. Who knows? It may be the most stress-free year of your teen life yet! 

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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