Stress Management for Teens

While stress management for teens is very similar to managing adult stress, there are some differences. Teen stress is a major factor in the world today so it's important to know how to help your teen when they might not even want your help.

One of the first things you should realize is that during the teen years "stress" can become sort of a catch-all word for many different emotions. Our teens may not understand or be able to express that what they may actually be feeling is anger, fear, excitement, worry, etc.

So it's important to help your teen and find ways to identify the source of their stress as well as identify the symptoms. This may be difficult if they are withdrawing from you or expressing anger.

However, if you are their parent, it's your job to try.

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Be creative, take your teen out somewhere on neutral ground to bond before you try to have a discussion that may be difficult for you both. Another suggestion would be to give your teen a box (for them to put notes in) or a notebook to write down what they are feeling. Then you could open the box or notebook and discuss what is inside together. While this technique won't work with all teens, the point is that some just find it difficult or uncomfortable to say the words and will feel more comfortable by starting the conversation with writing it down.

It's important not to make any assumptions.

Teens that are stressed will often exhibit aggressive behavior. Building mutual trust with your teen will help to ensure you find ways to help them manage their stress properly rather than punishing them for not knowing how to deal with it. Unacceptable behavior is still unacceptable, however it's important to find beneficial ways for them to express themselves better in the future.

Find out from your teen where their stress is coming from and then identify the symptoms so that you are able to help them manage their stress in healthy ways.

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Realize that the kinds of events that may be causing their stress are social. They'll experience stress from peers, bullies, dating, and popularity or lack of it. They may think that you won't or can't understand... and you should accept that you may not. However, what you can do is guide your teen to healthy stress management.

When looking for healthy ways to cope, stress management for teens and adults is similar. And exercise is extremely important, especially if there is aggression involved. Find out what types of activities that your teen likes to do and encourage them to participate regularly. Also find activities that the entire family can participate in to help make sure that every member is getting enough exercise. Sometimes something as simple as throwing a Frisbee on the beach can help to relieve stress.

stress management for teens

Also make sure that your teen is eating properly. A poor diet, especially in the developing years, can encourage stress and make it difficult to find the energy and desire to participate in the types of activities that will help manage stress.

Ignoring it or not teaching your children healthy coping skills is the worst thing you could do.

And most importantly, when considering stress management for teens, make sure you walk-the-walk not just talk-the-talk. By finding healthy ways to manage your own stress, you will not only set a good example for the whole family, but you will be a calmer, happier person. A calmer and happier parent is easier to trust and talk to. Everyone in your family will see that you have the skills that they desire... and your own stress management will have a huge impact on your whole family.

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