Saturday, 2 August 2014
Review: The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Essential reading for teenagers and the adults who care about them. A fantastically wide-ranging, reassuring, eye-opening and comprehensive look at the stresses many teenagers face, empowering them to take control of their mental health and wellbeing.
Being a teenager can be very stressful, especially when exams are looming and your academic future hangs in the balance. I haven't been a teenager since 2007 but I still remember the stress and worry that accompanied GCSE's and A-Levels, not to mention changing friendships and what was actually going on in my own hormonal head. The Teenage Guide to Stress is Nicola Morgan's helpful guide about how to deal with these pressures that present themselves during high school, and includes handy tips and tricks to remaining stress-free.
Sections included in The Teenage Guide to Stress cover everything, ranging from feelings to bodies to bullying and alcohol and drugs. There isn't anything left out, and everything is discussed honestly and openly. Teenagers will find that this book contains all their thoughts and feelings, and they'll realise that they're not alone out there. Lots of people suffer from stress and anxiety, myself included, and mine actually started when I was about sixteen or seventeen and in the midst of exams. It's so easy to get caught up in revising and doing well that we seem to lose perspective about what exams and qualifications really mean. They're not the be all and end all of life, and that's a lesson I personally learned the hard way. I also struggled with friendships and certain forms of bullying, but I never let that get in my way. People can be cruel - especially teenagers - but you've just got to rise above it and get on with your own life. Easier said than done, I know, but this book will help you figure it all out.
The Teenage Guide to Stress is a book I wish I'd had when I was a teenager, and I'm sure a lot of my friends would agree. There's tons of topical stuff included that will benefit a lot of teenagers, particularly if they feel they can't talk to friends or family about their problems. More books like this should exist and be openly accessible to teenagers; in fact, a copy of The Teenage Guide to Stress should find a home in every high school library. Our teenage years are often the most difficult times to get through, so a guide like this really is invaluable and will be read for years to come.