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How to Help Your Teenager Cope with Stress

by Editorial Team | August 22nd, 2018 | Teens

Adults don’t have the monopoly on stress. For many teenagers, life can be full of stressful situations. After all, there are exams to think about; they might be trying to hold down a part-time job. Peer pressure, learning to cope with romantic relationships for the first time, bullying, problems with money, self-confidence and a wealth of other things are all common causes of stress for your teen. You can help by recognizing the signs and helping your teen to find healthy ways to deal with it. How can you do this effectively?

Symptoms of Stress in a Teenager

There are signs that could indicate your teenager is stressed about something. If you suspect you’ve got a teenager in your family who is suffering with stress, there are a number of things you can do to help them manage it. However, to first spot it, signs and symptoms to look out for include:

• Frequently angry or irritated
• Teary or cries a lot
• Sleeping problems, either not sleeping enough or sleeping too much
• Eats too much or not enough
• Has no energy or feels tired
• Appears to be worried
• Doesn’t want to take part in anything or meet people
• Uses alcohol or drugs

How to Help a Stressed Teenager

If you spot the following signs in your teen, what can you do to help them cope with the situation?

• Spend time together: Even if they are reluctant, make sure you offer at least once a week. Perhaps suggest your teen visits a professional service for a massage as it is a great way to relax. If you live in the UK, you can check out Further activities together could include a walk in the park, enjoy a movie or take up a new hobby together.
• Listen to what they have to say: Encourage them to talk about the way they are feeling. However, ensure you listen without feeling the need to offer advice as it may be unwelcome.
• Monitor their sleep: If they’re not getting enough sleep, it will be difficult for them to cope with stress. Try and make sure your teenager gets at least 8 hours of restful sleep a night.
• Provide a healthy diet: Unhealthy snacks are what they are going to reach for when feeling depressed or stressed. One way to get around this issue is to simply not stock them in your cupboards, including sodas or high-calorie sugary snacks either.
• Lead by example: You might not think they pay much attention to you but showing them how you keep your own stress under control is good for them to see.

One of the most important things to remember is that you can’t solve their problems. Of course, you’re going to want to! What parent wouldn’t? Instead, work together to find ways to tackle stressful situations, but encourage them to come up with ideas of their own to learn valuable coping mechanisms.

Physical Activity is a Great Stress Buster

Whether you’re an adult or a teenager, physical activity is going to make you feel better. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a specific form of exercise. After all, not everyone will enjoy running around the block or pounding the treadmill. The activity should be something your teenager will enjoy doing, such as skateboarding, hiking, yoga or swimming. It doesn’t have to be something they do on their own either. Tag along or encourage them to take a friend.

It can be difficult for a teenager to open up and talk about how they are feeling. However,don’t forget that there are many other parents in the same position as you. Reach out to support groups, ask other parents or talk to your teenager’s teacher. When everyone works together, it will be easier for you and your teenager to make healthy choices and better manage their stress.

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