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Book of the Month: The Essential Stress Management Handbook for Teens

By Richard Meadows

Recommended grades 8+

With Early Action deadlines behind us and Regular Decision deadlines just around the corner, this month’s pick comes at just the right time! The college application process, and this month specifically, can be a stressful time for high school seniors. Even if you consider your student to be effective at managing their time and emotions, there is no such thing as too many stress-management skills. The Essential Stress Management Handbook for Teens by Richard Meadows provides updated information on natural techniques to stress less, improve productivity, and live a happy life. 

If you search “stress management” tips or books, there are countless examples designed for adults and teens. What sets this book apart is its focus on the unique experiences of Gen-Z students during the Covid-19 pandemic. This unprecedented global event created disruptions in academic and personal life, affecting students’ motivation, productivity, and ability to cope with stress. The author recognizes that stress management is not a one-size-fits-all plan, especially in the post-pandemic era. Instead, he advocates for a personalized approach to recognizing signs of stress and thinking through strategies to work through those sometimes debilitating feelings.

While this book is directed at teens, it provides essential tools to parents as well. Parents may be unsure how to support their children when they notice signs of stress. The changing educational landscape makes this even more difficult as students encounter new experiences their parents may not have experienced themselves. This guide contains a special chapter for parents, teaching them strategies to protect and support their children on their educational and personal journeys. 

Here at Veritas Education, we strive to provide guidance throughout the application process to reduce stress for both parents and students. Our years of experience and expertise allow us to adapt quickly to new changes in the application process and respond effectively to unexpected roadblocks. It is normal to experience stress during the application process and we are here to help! 

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