So what is stressful for a teenager?
When you are a teenager, there are many things that can cause stress.
Most teens don’t really like to talk about it so will mostly struggle with their anxiety on their own.
Teenagers are known for getting far less sleep than the recommended amount of sleep we require to function properly every day.
Some common reasons for teens lack of sleep:
- Watching TV late at night if they have a TV in their room
- Using social media constantly
- Staying up late to finish a homework assignment
- Playing play station or X box
It is a well known fact that teenagers who like sport and exercise enjoy more sleep, and are happier when exercise is part of their daily routine.
If teens also remembered to eat nutrient rich foods and tried to have many interests and hobbies to keep them busy it would also help.
Other things teens stress about can relate to puberty, or body image, and whether they are good enough.
There might be bullying happening at school, or perhaps they have negative thoughts due to their social environment, and are lonely.
Since the introduction of the internet, most teens do not spend enough time socialising face to face, instead preferring to use social media and gaming consoles.
This way of communicating does not help them to feel less sad or lonely or less confused. It only makes things harder.
Try encouraging your teenager to engage more with others by spending more time outside socialising with their friends, or by playing sport, or by joining some sort of social group.
Dance groups or cycle clubs, or studying a musical instrument would go a long way to helping reduce stress and anxiety.
Volunteering for dog walking or other social activities are also helpful.
Teenagers also need to be encouraged better manage their time by planning their schedule.
Instead of just coming home and playing games or sitting on their phone, or eating unhealthy food, they could take an hour a day, or enough time to study at least the day before any test or exam.
This will leave them less stressed and anxious, and probably not as sleep deprived when the time comes to write the exam, as they have managed their time better.
A good idea too is to encourage teens to keep a tidy, organised bedroom because if it is messy and disorganised it will cause more stress when they cannot find anything in the mess.
Some symptoms that your teen is stressed or anxious
- sleep deprivation
- depression and anxiety
- being anxious or panicky
- stomach aches or headaches
- concentration issues
- not wanting to go to school
- withdrawal from friends or family
- feelings of being overwhelmed
- loss of interest in sport or hobbies.
Teenagers often cannot put their fears and anxiety into words so by understanding, and listening to what is ‘not’ being said, and showing empathy and practical support is best.
©Gentlelifehacks.com| Author| Maddie ( age 13)