Stress Busting Tips for Teens

Teens are more stressed than adults, a new study shows. A teen has so much going on in their lives. Teens care about the way they look, friends, school, social events, their future, and they can get overwhelmed or flooded by their busy lives.

Parents, teach your teens these tips and educate them on the impacts of stress! Why?

Listed below are three of the top reasons.

  1. Stress changes your brain
  2. Stress makes you sick: headaches, drinking, drugs, memory on tests, anger, and depression
  3. Stress will negatively impact their future career

Stress Tips for Teens

  1. Deep breathing. Your teen will say, “Really, come on?” But deliberate, slow, deep breathing exercises can significantly increase your body’s coping mechanisms, sources say.
  2. Exercise. Teens spend too much time on technology and not moving their bodies. Research shows exercise reduces stress and depression, creates creativity, energy and optimism.
  3. Eat better. Eat healthy food high in protein. Reduce the amount of junk food, sugar, and fats you eat. All of these can exacerbate stress. Don’t drink too much caffeine, it will create stress.
  4. Relax and learn relaxation techniques. Try to get a good night’s sleep of at least 8 hours a night. The more stressed you are, the more rest you need. Try to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
  5. Make friends. Friends are essential to support a teens stability. Teens listen to their friends and they provide lots of support.
  6. Make lists. Seeing everything on paper may make it look more manageable. WHEN WE FEEL WE ARE IN CONTROL THE LESS STRESS WE EXPERIENCE. From that point, you can begin to estimate how long each task will take and schedule it on a calendar.
  7. Curb technology use. Teens spend approximately 7.5 hours on some form of technology: phones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Too much technology creates stress, isolation, and lack of social skills. Too much technology causes stress on the mind, body, and soul.