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Health Information For Teens
Lots of people stress out about talking in front of the class or getting laughed at if they make a mistake in front of an audience. Feeling nervous before a performance is natural — and part of your body’s way of helping you do your best. The “stress hormones” (like adrenaline) that your body produces at times like these can actually help you focus.
But when worry and stress about performing get to be too much, these hormones give people that “red alert” feeling — the one that causes you to feel cold or sweaty, get butterflies in your stomach, or feel like you can’t think straight.
These tips can help you manage that feeling:
It’s natural to feel self-conscious, nervous, or shy sometimes. But for some people, the anxiety that goes with feeling shy or self-conscious can be extreme, and it can take over their lives. Get the facts on social phobia here.
Shyness is extremely common, especially among teens. But lots of mild to moderate shyness melts away with practice and familiarity, making social situations easier and easier to handle each time.
Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.
There’s good stress and bad stress. Find out what’s what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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