Five Ways to Help Teens Cope with Stress

Is your teen suffering from anxiety or extra pressure at school? Use these tips to help him or her better cope with stress.

February 24, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Teenagers often have to deal with a lot of stress, whether it’s from school, home, or extracurricular activities. Your teen could suffer from depression, or he or she might just be overwhelmed with everyday activities.

Click the photos below for some tips to help your teen better cope with stress.

Talk and
Listen Carefully

 

Try not to force conversation on your kids, but always create a way for them to talk to you. Listen to their concerns about peer pressure and other worries, and share your feelings to make them more comfortable, for example. It’s essential for kids to feel safe to share anything that’s bothering them.

 

Reassure and Encourage

 

When stressful events occur, they can significantly affect a teen’s physical and emotional well-being. Always encourage them to let things go that they can’t change, like having to take a test. And reassure them that everything will be ok and that you’re there to provide support when they need it.

 

Connect with
Others for Help

 

An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Don’t be afraid to connect with your child’s teachers, other parents, and even health professionals to help your child cope with any stress.

 

Keep a Healthy Routine

 

Make sure your child gets the proper amount of sleep, stability, and nutrition to maintain optimal health. You can provide stability by giving them a healthy routine to follow, such as encouraging them to take part regularly in an after-school activity.

 

Encourage Teens
to Help Others

 

Everyone tends to feel better about themselves when they have a sense of purpose in the world. Try to encourage them to step out of their comfort zones and help others through volunteer work, which has been proven to decrease stress, depression, and more.

 

Teens are not the only ones that have to deal with stress. Make sure your health is at its best too, and check out some of these easy ways to manage stress now!

 

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Sources
“For Teens: Creating Your Personal Stress Management Plan,” Healthy Children.org. Accessed February 1, 2017.
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/For-Teens-Creating-Your-Personal-Stress-Management-Plan.aspx

“Stress Management and Teens,” American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Accessed February 2, 2017.
https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Helping-Teenagers-With-Stress-066.aspx

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