Shannon Cox & Ashlyn Olson, School Counselors
Some sources of stress that adolescents often face are:
- School demands
- Negative self-image
- Peer relationship issues
- Unsafe/unstable home life
- Divorce/separation of parents
- Death of loved one
- Moving or changing schools
- Too many demands/desire to "do it all"
When adolescents are overwhelmed with stress, that can lead to anxiety, depression, aggression, or poor coping skills. As parents, you can help your child successfully navigate stress in the following ways:
- Monitor your child's behavior and notice any major changes
- Listen carefully; talk less :)
- Learn and model stress management techniques
- Support involvement in pro-social activities while considering COVID requirements (mask, social distancing)
Here are some healthy ways students can cope with stress. It's important to have conversations with your child about these techniques and practice them together.
- Exercise & eat healthy snacks & meals
- Get enough sleep; have consistent bedtime
- Avoid too much caffeine
- Practice deep breathing or muscle relaxation techniques
- Learn practical coping skills (i.e. taking a large task and breaking it down to smaller, more achievable tasks)
- Decrease negative self-talk. Practice turning negative thoughts into positive ones- write them down in visible place.
- Listen to music, draw, write, chat with a friend, get outside
- Take a break from social media
Practicing these techniques on a regular basis can help teens reduce and manage stress. Take time to discuss with your child what makes them feel stressed and practice a coping skill together.
Granite Falls Middle School