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Stress (15 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Represent writers share tips on how to relieve stress, from meditation to writing to watching comedies. (full text)
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Writing poetry helps Ashunte control his anger. (full text)
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A therapist explains several stress reduction techniques, including thought-stopping, belly-breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation. (full text)
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Janae escapes from her troubled family by reading books. (full text)
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Jennifer interviews a social worker for tips on how to deal with stress. Her advice includes healthy eating, avoiding drama, and talking it out. (full text)
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The writer starts keeping a journal in the 9th grade to deal with family problems. By writing and re-reading her diary, she gains a better understanding of herself and how to handle her emotional problems. (full text)
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By writing and re-reading her diary, the author gains a better understanding of herself and how to handle her emotional problems. (full text)
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Emily finds that walking in nature lifts her spirits. (full text)
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Niya accepts a friend’s offer to try yoga for relaxation. She is skeptical at first but finds that yoga does relieve her stress and anxiety. (full text)
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Ngan-Fong wants to spend time enjoying herself in the present, instead of constantly worrying about the future. (full text)
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Writing, walking, and going to the beach help Tamara burn off her negative emotions. (full text)
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“I value my free time to do things I love,” says Grace. When that free time is compromised by the rigors of her junior year, she starts to stress out and her grades suffer. (full text)
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When the writer’s parents start arguing over an alleged affair, both turn to him for advice and comfort. He eventually finds a way to tell his parents to seek counsel from adults. (full text)
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Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. (full text)
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The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. (full text)

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