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Why Are Teens So Stressed Out? Part 2

Why Are Teens So Stressed Out? Part 2

In the first part of this blog, we looked at how chronic stress is beginning to impact teens in high school. Earlier this month, The Atlantic Magazine addressed this issue in their article “High Stress High School”.

Teens are under increasing pressure/stress related to academic performance, intense focus on college applications/decisions, standardized test score performance and balancing their daily activities.

In our previous post, we identified signs of chronic stress in teens and here are a few ways teens can cope with stress in a healthy manner. Developing healthy coping skills can be a lifelong goal, but parents can encourage and model good coping skills for their teens, right when they need it most!

  • As much as possible, build in a sleep schedule for your teen. Teens need between 9-11 hours per night of sleep to aid in their adolescent brain development, and a consistent sleep schedule is a great stress reliever!
  • Limit access to smartphones/laptops/tablets. When the entire family ‘unplugs’ it gives everyone a break from being so easily accessed and connected to the world around them.
  • Get outside and be active! Being active doesn’t have to mean a long run—it can be as simple as a walk around the neighborhood after dinner or an easy hike in the woods. The idea is to do something dramatically different than normal activities (sitting in class, doing homework, surfing the Internet) that involves physical movement.
  • Find activities that incorporate and challenge your senses. Chronic stress gets us to intensely focus on one thing, and we generally buckle down and complete the task. Activities that challenge our senses give our brains a break from thinking analytically and allow us to experience the world around us. A few ideas:
    ? Take a long bubble bath.
    ? Bake cookies or breads with the family.
    ? Sit outside in the sun.
    ? Place essential oils or scented candles around the house

Sarah (Brookings) Connor, LPC
sconnor @ growcounseling.com

Why Are Teens So Stressed Out?

Why Are Teens So Stressed Out?

Teens experience stress in many areas of their lives. Some stress, in small doses can be helpful for motivation. But many teens are experiencing higher levels of stress for extended periods of time, which is called ‘chronic stress’. If chronic stress isn’t identified and coped with, a teen’s physical and emotional health can be negatively impacted.Read More »

Signs Of Mental Illness in Your College Student

Signs Of Mental Illness in Your College Student

Mental illness can go undiagnosed and untreated in college students, but can have a significant and negative impact on a college student’s functioning; this blog discusses early signs of mental illness in college students.Read More »

Helping Your Teen Scale Back Media Time

Helping Your Teen Scale Back Media Time

Teens have more access today to social media, entertainment, and information than ever before, through multiple platforms such as mobile media, the Internet and computers. All this technology is pointing toward more negative effects teens report experiencing. This blog discusses the impact of access to media on adolescent well-being and tips for parents to limit media consumption at home.Read More »

Supporting your child through their first year of college.

Supporting your child through their first year of college.

A young adult’s first semester of college, especially if they’re living outside the home, can be fraught with complications, excitement and challenges. Most teens and families are under equipped to deal with all the areas of transition that come with a teen starting college. There are a lot of moving pieces that come with starting college, and this blog seeks to provide a few tips to keep in mind as a teen starts college for the first time.Read More »

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