Teen Stress Management
Is there really a need for teen stress management?
If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with stress, or anxiety and depression caused by stress, I want to help them.
I will work with your teens for FREE to build the stress relief skills they need to effectively manage their symptoms of stress.
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Life for teenagers today is different than when I was young. I feel that while there may have always been similar life stressors to deal with, but the intensity has increased. And, I think the pressures are greater for teens of today.
However, while the intensity and pressures have increased, the ability to adapt to stress I don’t think has increased at an equal rate.
There is a physiology to stress that seems to not discriminate based on age.
Function of stress
, stress happens hundreds of times a day to each one of us.
It is a beautiful system that was created to keep us safe. Thankfully, it still does that. But, because times have changed there is a part that is now creating stress and anxiety in teens that just was not there in the same way.
Teen stress management has become important to help our youth adapt to all the challenges of their lives.
Stress is a reaction
, or a response
that occurs naturally in our brain to a real or perceived threat to our body. For each of us, regardless of age, the stress response happens without thought…
Because the job of the brain is to automatically help us to survive. It is just like how the brain tells your body to breathe without you thinking about it throughout the day.
The stress response alerts us when our innate balance has been threatened...real or perceived.
The body is designed to function best while in balance, or while functioning within normal ranges.
The problem is that regardless of age, the stress response reacts or responds to stress in each of these ways:
Why teen stress management?
In the world in which we are living, it is our thoughts or uncertainty
…our fears and worries that are triggering the stress response.
Again, that is not a problem with acute stress, but the body needs to be in balance more often throughout the day in order to function in an optimal way.
For teenagers, this is a particularly important concept for this reason…
It is the lack of balance with chronic stress that can create so many problems for teens.
Creating opportunities for teens to learn how to actually manage their stress IS important to me. And, those are important skills for them to also carry into adulthood…for the sake of their health, wellbeing, and happiness.
Teaching teen stress management is important so that they may avoid having to suffer with any of the following effects of chronic stress:
- Chronic headaches
- Neck and back pains
- Muscle tension
- Sleep deprivation
- Losing or gaining weight
- Symptoms of anxiety
- Symptoms of depression
- Panic attacks
- Feel angry more of the time
- Need to cry more often
- Can’t seem to relax
- Feel lonely
- Are you constantly worrying?
- Feel a need to judge others, or are you being judged?
- Are thinking fear-based thoughts?
- Are you afraid of not fitting in”?
- Are you afraid of not being popular?
- Never having a relationship?
- Afraid to say no?
What happens to teens just coping with stress?
Just like with adults, it seems easier somehow to cope with physical stress more easily than emotions. It is no different for teenagers, and why teen stress management is so important to teach them
ways to reduce stress
Without teenagers learning about how to manage stress, they can often get labeled as troubled teens. They become teens that need help.
With all the hormone changes, and other changes going on in their bodies chronic stress can be overwhelming for them emotionally and can lead to:
Teen substance abuse
Stress and anxiety
Out of control teens
Low self esteem teenagers
There IS help for teenage stress
Stress does not discriminate based on age…
And, creating more time in balance…more time with the relaxation response being triggered promotes healing, increases ones sense of control, and creates a greater sense that you can adapt to anything.
Those are not only words of hope, but words of truth as expressed from so many of my clients.
Balance matters…teen stress management matters…
To all the creative and brilliant hearts of teenagers, I can share with you that you CAN learn some simple
stress relaxation techniques
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