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Review: The Teenage Guide to Stress

The Teenage Guide to Stress, by Nicola Morgan, is a handbook ideal for teenagers who suffer from stress, as it covers all aspects of teenage anxiety and worries in a concise and clear manner. It thrives on the understanding that teenage stress is due to lack of control and us lingering in a state between childhood and adulthood. The guidebook aims to help teenagers through stress and it allows them to know they are not alone.

As soon as I started to read the book, I was immediately hit with a feeling of comfort and glowing warmth from Nicola Morgan. This positive feeling continues throughout the book, this is a strange sensation when hit with topics such as depression, eating disorders and even suicide. These topics, although sensitive and highly personal, are shown across in a friendly manner giving across the feeling that you can confide in the author. Topics are delicately approached, so not to upset or offend anyone. When reading each section of the book you start to feel united with other young people suffering from the same issues or problems, and this makes you feel uplifted.

The handy guide contains frequently asked questions before each block of information. This helps you to relate to the information provided and it also gives you a sense of belonging. Small inspirational quotes are also included and Morgan adds in her personal stories so we can start to feel a connection with the author. 

In section three Morgan gives us non-stop tips and strategies on coping with stress, and I feel all teenagers can benefit from these. Following on from section three is an appendix of resources. Here we see straightforward, clear pages that hold information on topics seen in the main sections of the book. This is an area that teenagers can flick back to in times of need or when they need to seek help or reassurance. As I read the book, I couldn't but note down pieces of advice that I found striking and significant. Below are some advice ideas that I feel all people in the tedious stages of adolescence can benefit greatly from...

Talk to a trusted adult
Morgan dedicates 6 pages exploring trusted adults. She enlightens us on how to tell if an adult can be trusted and directs us to who may be a good choice to confide in. Suggestions to these trusted adults include your parents, a youth worker, a doctor and many more. She also refers you to additional contacts like Childline, which are in the resources pages at the back of the book.

Channel stress and anger
Stress over-load can cause a teenager to start to rage and you begin to feel like the world is against you, trust me, I can relate. Anger can be very hard to prevent from occurring but you can learn to control it with some small nuggets of advice. One piece of advice I thought was very inspiring was to channel your anger into something creative, such as writing, poetry or art. This is turning something negative into something productive and positive.

It's just pre-adulthood!
On page 35 Morgan writes that it is a good idea for teenagers to realize that it's just our hormones and a phase. The stress during this period will soon be over, maybe sooner than you think. The experiences you are having are the same of other people similar to you. You are not alone.



  1. love this post, definitely going to have to buy before I go on holiday, although I wish I'd found it before I'd finished my a levels!

    1. Thank you! It's a brilliant book, currently helping me through my GCSEs! x


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