According to the results of your quiz, the teen in your life is living with some stress, but is not displaying serious symptoms.
Just because they are not yet experiencing the more serious signs of stress, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t stressed out.
If your child is exhibiting symptoms related to stress, you are not alone.
- 62% of college students experience overwhelming anxiety
- 40% of teens report feeling irritable or angry
- 36% report feeling nervous or anxious
- 32% of teens say stress makes them feel as though they could cry
- 31% of teens report feeling overwhelmed as a result of stress
- 30% of teens feel depressed or sad as a result of stress
- 36% of teens report fatigue/feeling tired
- 35% of teens have lain awake at night because of stress
- 32% of teens say they experience headaches
- 26% of teens report changes in sleeping habits
- 21% of teens experience an upset stomach or indigestion as a result of stress
- 23% of teens have skipped a meal because of stress
The reality is, our teens are seriously stressed out!
It’s clear that stress has become an epidemic among teenagers. As a parent that leaves us asking the ever-important question, what can I do about it?
The reality is we are relatively powerless to minimize stress in our own lives, let alone in the lives of our teens.
What we CAN do is help change the way our teens react to stress.
Helping teens and even younger children understand what stress is and how it can affect our health can help them start to mitigate the effects of stress, anxiety, and worry.
A few helpful tools parents can use to help teens manage stress include:
- Encourage them to take breaks throughout the day and decompress.
- Exercise is one of the best forms of stress relief. Teens who exercise regularly are less impacted by their stress.
- Teens who don’t get enough sleep are at a higher risk of stress. By supporting sleep you can positively impact their daily life.
- Teach your teen self-regulation techniques, such as controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.