iriemade Skip to Content

5 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Reduce the Stress in Her Life

Almost every parent knows that being a family isn’t always going to be smooth sailing or stress-free, but it might seem to you that your teenager is much more stressed than you ever remember being at her age. It seems that today’s teens are inundated with an overload of information and are expected to succeed and perform way above what you had at their age. 

In a world that has gone global, kids are exposed to a lot more than you were at their age, and expectations are high. So, what can you do to help your teenager cope with the stress in her life? Read on below to find out. 

Watch Closely for Signs of Depression

No parent wants to think of their teenager as depressed and at risk of hurting themselves, but it’s much more common than you may think. You need to watch closely for signs of stress and depression in your teenager and get them professional help if it seems to be getting severe. There is TMS treatment available in your area, you just have to reach out for help. The statistics for suicide among teens is staggering, so do everything you can to spot the signs before it’s too late.

Check Your Expectations at the Door

It’s no secret that teenagers are much different than they were in the past, but the fact that they want to please their parents has not changed. If you have super high expectations of your teenager, then she is going to do everything she can to meet those expectations, so you need to check them at the door. This is not to say that you shouldn’t want your teen to do well in school and succeed, it is to say that you shouldn’t put more on them than they can handle.

Set Limits on Social Media Time

While social media is a good way for your teen to keep connected with friends, classmates, and even family members, too much social media can affect them adversely and even stress them out. Make sure to set limits on how much social media your child is allowed, by setting media free hours. They may be a little upset in the beginning, but they will thank you on down the line. Technology has a way of following your teenager home and social media can and often is used for bullying purposes, so be careful of that as well, especially if your teenager seems stressed with no apparent reason.

Be a Good Role Model

In order to teach your child to cope with stressful situations, you need to first be able to cope with those types of situations yourself. If your teenager sees you constantly stressing, then they will constantly be stressed out as well. It’s best to learn a few coping mechanisms yourself, and then try teaching them to your teenager. Maybe you can even try some of them together, such as yoga, going for long walks, and mediation.

Make Sure They Take Breaks

School is hard, and teens spend many hours studying and cramming for tests. However, too much cramming isn’t good for anyone, and especially not a teenager’s stress levels. Keep an eye on your teen and make them take breaks from their study sessions. Whether it’s watching an hour of TV, reading a book, or just curling up on the couch talking together, relaxing and taking a break is the perfect way to reduce stress levels for both of you. 

Teenagers today have just as much, maybe more stress than their parents do. Helping your teen to cope with that stress is the best way you can help.

Photo by from Pexels

Pin It on Pinterest