How to Prevent Social Stress from School

Children and teens can easily be stressed at school. Find out how to prevent social stress for your child with these quick tips.

September 14, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

It’s normal for a child or teen to get stressed out at school. There are often added pressures of exams, their peers, and even their own beliefs that can set them up for stress. Social stress from school can often be overlooked, as the signs are not always obvious.

Social stress can lead to social anxiety disorder, a more serious social phobia where those affected have a deep fear of being judged, embarrassed, or ridiculed.

It can be challenging to help your teen cope with stress, but we’re here to help as much as we can.

Click the photos below to learn how to prevent social stress from school.

Understand the Signs

 

Stress can take a toll on the body over time, so try to pay attention to specific physical signs that are common in people suffering from social stress. If your child has trouble sleeping, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, or confusion, it could be a sign of social stress.

 

Pay Attention to
Their Friend Circles

 

Try to keep a close eye on whom your child or teen is hanging out with. Children can often adopt the behaviors of their peers. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies have found that poor social support can lead to depression, mood disorders, and even illnesses like cancer.

 

Know Their Schedules

 

It can be more common for a child or teen to feel more stressed when they’re nervous about an event, such as taking an exam or making a speech in front of the class. Pay attention to their schedules and assignments so you can help them cope and prepare.

 

Help them with
Time Management

 

Help your child stay stress-free by helping them manage their time. If they are trying to finish multiple assignments while trying to make a soccer game, try to help them space out their activities and tasks throughout the week. This can prevent social stress at school and help them in the future.

 

Know Your Resources

 

Social stress and anxiety should not be ignored. Make sure you know the signs of depression to keep your teen happy and healthy. There are plenty of resources if you‘re unsure how to do so. Get some free tips to prevent social anxiety from the National Social Anxiety Center now.

 

 

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Sources
“Social Support and Resilience to Stress,” National Institutes of Health. May 2007.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921311/

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