Today's teenagers are dealing with stress at an unprecedented level. The inescapable flood of difficult news and world concerns can make anyone—but especially young adults—feel isolated and anxious. Dealing with Stress: Insights and Tips for Teenagers offers relatable anecdotes and practical strategies to guide teenagers who are struggling with stress and mental health, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and other life crises.
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Featuring sample mental health coping strategies and free downloadable blank guides on the author’s website (christiecognevich.com), Dealing with Stress is a valuable resource, empowering teenagers to recognize and manage the stress factors in their lives.
Christie Cognevich is an educator and writer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a PhD in English literature and taught literature, composition, and creative writing at the high school and university levels for over a decade. She is the author of Depression: Insights and Tips for Teenagers.
Introduction: Stress and the Problem with Time
Section One: What is Stress?
Chapter One: Exploring Stress
Chapter Two: Experiencing Long-Term Stress in a Chaotic World
Chapter Three: Exploring Anxiety
Chapter Four: First Steps to Finding Support
Section Two: Coping with Stress
Chapter Five: On Anger and Coping with the Fight Response
Chapter Six: On Discomfort and Coping with the Flight Response
Chapter Seven: Effective Coping Through Community
Chapter Eight: Effective Coping Through Gratitude
Section Three: Anecdotes
Chapter Nine: Pandemic Experiences
Chapter Ten: Disaster Experiences
Section Four: Additional Strategies and Resources
Chapter Eleven: Coping Strategies: Thoughts
Chapter Twelve: Coping Strategies: Emotions
Chapter Thirteen: Coping Strategies: Body
Chapter Fourteen: Quick Guide to Resources
About the Author
This helpful entry in the Empowering You series discusses all aspects of stress and provides resources and suggestions for how teens and college-age students can cope with it. Cognevich explains how stress impacts adolescents differently than adults and provides examples of chronic stress, social anxiety, and fear. She discusses fight-or-flight responses and the difference between aggression and anger, and offers self-care tips, including cultivating gratitude and giving it to others. Mental-health hotlines and resources are provided throughout the text. Cognevich, who has moderate hearing loss, admits to finding teaching online during the pandemic stressful, which lends authenticity to her coping advice. The most-effective aspects of the book are the anecdotes from other young people, who speak to how they’re handling the stress in their lives—during the pandemic, but also during recent natural disasters like Hurricane Ida. A useful, reassuring, and affirming resource, interspersed with occasional graphic illustrations and charts, that will help young people identify, confront, and handle stress.
Dealing with Stress should be required reading for every teen to prepare them for a mentally and physically healthy future.
Graphic novel-style illustrations
Supplemented with illustrated sample guides for mental health coping strategies
Free downloadable blank guides for coping strategies on the author’s website (christiecognevich.com).
6/5/22, St. Charles Herald-Guide: Christie Cognevich and the book were highlighted in this article.