Parenting Tips: Stress Management Techniques for Your Teens

When you’re a teenager, you have absolutely no idea who you are. You’re in one of the many stages of your life, where you’re discovering what your interests are, how to be a good friend, or what having your heart broken feels like. These experiences or teenage problems are something everyone has gone through. Teenage problems open up a whole new world of emotions, and sometimes it can be stressful going through these new experiences. A recent article by Psychology Today suggest these 6 stress management techniques for parents dealing with a stressed teen.

  1. Pay attention to breathing. Encourage your teen to breathe, calmly, deeply and as often as possible throughout the day. This is one of the simplest stress management techniques. While it may seem simple, it is extremely effective.
  2. Reduce their schedule. A lot of stress comes from over-scheduling ourselves. We think it’s helpful to squeeze in as much as possible, but ultimately it has consequences on our wellbeing. Make sure your teen prioritizes their relationships and responsibilities.
  3. Sleep. Sleep is also one of the simplest stress management techniques. Sleep is essential for multiple elements of our health. When teens do not get enough sleep, they can become agitated, unfocused and unmotivated. Every teen should be averaging between 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night to manage stress.
  4. Exercise. Exercising can have wonderful effects on stress and mood. It is one of the stress management techniques that have other health benefits as well. Even just 20 minutes of activity can significantly reduce stress in teens. Encourage them to participate in an active extracurricular activity.
  5. Give support. Experiencing stress as a teen can seem like the end of the world. Basic problems seem unsolvable and overwhelming. As a parent who has experienced many of the things teens face, you can provide guidance and support during these stressful times. Let your teen know you are available to talk.
  6. Give up perfectionism. In today’s culture, many teens feel pressure to be “perfect.” Not just perfect in academics or skill, but perfect in appearance, social life and achievements. This idea of “perfect” can be extremely stressful and is impossible to achieve. Encourage your teen to accept that they don’t have to be perfect to succeed or develop healthy relationships. Promote the qualities about them that aren’t about appearance or popularity.

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