Stress is very common among teenagers due to different factors, including academic pressure, family issues, and friends. This makes it helpful for teenagers, teachers, parents and guardians to know various tips on how to manage stress in teenagers. If stress is not managed appropriately, it can lead to devastating actions such as suicide, rape, and much more.
Stress is also one of the factors that have contributed to the increased number of teenagers who are dropping out of school, engaging in illegal activities such as crime, irresponsible sex, alcohol, and drug abuse, and joining terrorist groups. Since stress cannot be completely avoided, it is very important to learn about tips that can be used to manage stress among teenagers.
Ways to manage stress in teenagers
Teach them how to manage time by preparing and following a schedule. This will help teenagers to develop time management skills. It will also give them adequate time to relax after completing assigned activities
Set specific and reasonable goals
This helps in improving their moods because when they achieve goals, they develop good moods and self-confidence.
If responsibilities or assignments are postponed, they pile up. This means that the teenager will try to accomplish the tasks at the last minute, which creates physical and mental stress. Always accomplish assigned tasks within stipulated time
Have an adequate sleep
Stress increases when a teenager experience mental and physical problems. These problems can be prevented by having enough rest and sleep.
Do not overload them with a lot of work
Overloading denies teenagers time to play, socialize and meditate. These are risk factors for stress.
They should participate in pro-social activities
Allow them to participate in pro-social activities, such as sports that they love most. Physical activities help in managing stress by burning away frustration, tension, worries, and anger. They also make teenagers feel good
Teach them how to accept things that they cannot change
Some things are unavoidable or cannot be changed, yet they cause stress among teenagers. The best way of coping with such cases is by accepting them as they are.
Healthy bodies are able to resist stress. It is important to ensure that teenagers get all the essential nutrients throughout the day. They should reduce the amount of sugar and caffeine they consume; eat nutritious meals; and avoid drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol.
Keep a positive attitude by instilling positive thoughts to give no room for negative ones. Encourage them to speak out when they experience a problem
Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s’ parents, teachers, and leaders. These tips can help teenagers manage stress today and throughout their life.