There is no doubt in the mind of any parent that being a teenager is a difficult thing to do. When describing their adolescent, we often hear parents use words like chaotic, dramatic and hormonal. And rightfully so. Teenagers are dealing with a whirlwind of feelings while also navigating the complicated world they live in filled with school, friends, fitting in and more. All of these pressures often result in a teen having a good amount of anxiety. As a parent, it is your duty to teach your child how to handle these intense emotions as they were not born simply knowing how to manage their stress. Do not become callous to what your teenager is going through, instead, be supportive and offer any and all helpful tips you can to assist your teenager. Below you can uncover some of our favorite stress management techniques that can be used to help your teen handle anything and everything that the world throws at them.
Helping your teen to manage their stress & anxiety
It may seem as though you are going overboard by presenting your teen with any sort of advice on their life. After all, much of the time teenagers prefer to be left to their own devices, both physically and metaphorically. On the other hand, these stress management techniques are sure to do a world of good for your teen should you share them.
Make sure sleep is a priority
Teenagers hate sleeping for the most part. It’s easy to get into that naptime mentality when it feels like sleeping will only lead to you missing out on something important. Additionally, we live in an extremely fast-paced world and this can often lead to teens forgetting to take some time to slow down and rest. Make sure that your child knows that sleep is imperative if they want to be happy and healthy.
Don’t forget to breathe
There is not a lot of education on mental health and anxiety in schools these days. This often leads to teenagers feeling overwhelmed with no other way of expressing themselves than to act out. Teaching your teenager some breathing exercises for when they are feeling as though the weight of the entire world is on their shoulders can be extremely helpful.
Don’t schedule too much
Between school, sports teams and other extra curricular activities, teens seem to be just as busy as adults these days. Talking to your teenager about what their priorities are is important as it might lead to them freeing up some much-needed decompression time into their schedule. While it may be tempting for your teen to be involved in anything and everything available to them, this is not a healthy way to live.
Get some exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways people can naturally manage their stress. Staying active can not only improve depression symptoms but it can also decrease the amount of anxiety a person experiences on a daily basis.
Being a loving a supportive parent, especially to a child who has severe anxiety is the most important thing you can do. It’s often easy for those who suffer from anxiety to feel hopeless and alone. Letting your child know that you are there for them and that they can rely on you no matter what they need will help to lessen their anxiety at least where the relationship between the two of you is concerned.
Want to know more about how to help your teenager with their anxiety?
If you are curious about how you can further help your teen to handle symptoms like this, we would suggest that you continue to check back to the Fire Mountain Troubled Teen blog. Here, we offer what we know what many different experiences that teens go through and how you, as a parent, can work to make their life as good as possible.
On the other hand, if you are living with a teen who is experiencing severe anxiety, stress or depression, we would suggest sending them to see a therapist or perhaps looking into our residential treatment options here at Fire Mountain. Call us today if you have any questions!