Stress management techniques for youth

From academic pressures to social challenges and extracurricular commitments, adolescents often find themselves navigating stress on a daily basis. While some level of stress is normal, excessive or prolonged stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. There are several benefits of youth mentoring, and we can help youth develop effective stress management techniques. Here are some strategies to help young people stress less and live more fulfilling lives!



Encourage youth to practice mindfulness as a tool for managing stress and promoting overall well-being. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. This practice can help adolescents calm their minds, reduce anxiety and enhance their ability to cope with stress.

Deep breathing exercises

Teaching young people deep breathing exercises is a simple yet powerful technique for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths, inhaling deeply through the nose and exhaling slowly through the mouth. Deep breathing can help activate the body's relaxation response, easing tension and promoting a sense of calm.

Physical activity or exercise


Promote regular physical activity and exercise as an effective way to manage stress and improve their mood. Encourage youth to engage in activities they enjoy, whether it's playing sports, going for a walk or dancing. Physical activity releases endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters, which can help reduce stress and boost feelings of well-being.

Healthy lifestyle choices


Emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support overall well-being and resilience to stress. Encourage youth to prioritize adequate sleep, nutritious eating habits and regular exercise. Limiting caffeine and sugary foods can also help regulate mood and energy levels, reducing the impact of stress on the body and mind. Part of the benefits of youth mentoring is we’re able to offer youth nutritious meals to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need.

Time management skills


Help young people develop effective time management skills to better balance their commitments and responsibilities. Teach them strategies for prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals and breaking large projects into manageable steps. By learning to manage their time effectively, youth can feel less overwhelmed and create a sense of control over their lives.


Seeking support


Encourage youth to seek support from trusted friends, family members, teachers or mental health professionals when they're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Connecting with others and talking about their feelings can help adolescents feel understood, supported and less alone in their struggles.

Hobbies and creative outlets


Encourage young people to pursue hobbies and creative outlets as a means of relieving stress and expressing themselves. Whether it's painting, writing, playing music or engaging in other artistic pursuits, creative activities can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment and stress relief.

Discover the benefits of youth mentoring

By equipping young people with effective stress management techniques, we can empower them to navigate life's challenges with resilience, confidence and optimism. By prioritizing self-care and seeking support when needed, youth can cultivate the skills and mindset necessary to thrive in today's complex world. Together, let's help young people stress less and live more fulfilling lives. If you’re interested in volunteering with DREAM contact us today!