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We all know the feeling: sweaty palms, an elevated heart rate, headache, and a restless stomach that can sneak up on us when we’re stressed. These are some of the physiological sensations that date back to pre-historic times when we were hunters and our bodies released “Fight or Flight” hormones in response to perceived threats. The induced alertness, heightened muscle preparedness, and sweating would help us get away from or attack the predator more effectively.
But what do these sensations mean in contemporary times?
Now they can mean a lack of sleep, muscle tensing, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. And this …
Sometimes I wonder why I hear my parents and teachers make comments like: “Teenagers today, I tell you!” or “What on earth were you thinking of when you did that?”
Curiosity got the better of me and I did some research on teenage risk taking, which led me to find articles on teenage brain development. Simply put, our teenage brains are not fully developed. We react and process information differently than adults do which can sometimes cause a divide between generations. OK, OK, it does create a divide!
Want to understand what makes us different? The following is a shortlist of what some researchers are currently investigating:
This is the life of a school athlete – eat, sleep, train, crash. You try to get schoolwork done when you can, and you only wish you had enough time for a life beyond that. The thing is, this kind of pattern takes its toll on both your physical and emotional health, and can leave you in a state in which you simply can’t succeed.
Does any of this sound familiar?
So how can you …