Stress has become one of the major problems affecting our teenagers today. Over 80% of teenagers today have stress in one way or the other. It has become a norm to find teenagers involving themselves in immoral behaviors like drug Abuse and sexual immorality all in the aim to get off from their stressful lives. Which in most cases, turns out ugly. Although many stress related cases often are caused by parents, some perfect families are having problems coping with the behavior of their teens and do not know where to direct the blame to. As a parent, guardian or teacher it can be tough for you, but we have provided you with tips on how to manage stress in teenagers either at school or home.
Managing stress in teenagers
Be patient with your teens
One major mistake many parents or guardians make is they become aggressive towards their teen’s behavior. It is wrong to do that. You cannot put out the fire with fire. You have to calm down, find out what could be causing the stressful situations in your teen’s life and help them cope with the situation (if possible) or solve the problems as a parent. Teens get affected and offended in their lives with even the tiniest of things. To their young minds, they feel disturbed, and as a way to solve the problem, they get tangled in stress. If you approach your teen maturely with boldness and willingness to help, they will open up to you and perhaps give in to your help. So be patient with them no matter what.
Teach them moral values
A stressed out teen can be tough to handle let alone talk to. One of the best ways is to be a role model yourself. How do you behave around them? How do you treat them? Nurturing good behavior starts with you being in a position to offer the same. You cannot preach water yet you drink wine every day. Be who you say you are so that when teaching them to be responsible teens they take that from your way of life. Be a role model to them so that they can trust you with their problems in life.
Make them understand that stress is part of life
Stress is part of life. You need to teach your teens that stress is part of life. We live in a world full of different people with different personalities. Some of them can annoy us once in a while, some of them can be good to us, and some of them can hurt us in one way or the other. It’s not only people that can bring about stress, but situations in life also can make us feel stressed. Things like the death of a family member, loss of jobs, break-ups and so much more. So, as a parent or guardian, it is wrong not to make your teen understand that stress is part of life but how we respond to it matters. Tell your teens that solutions to life problems do not involve in drug abuse or sex it is looking for help and finding solutions to the problems instead.
Stress is normal. It only becomes a problem if you let your stressful situation become a barrier in your normal life. However, if your teen becomes aggressive, it is best to seek professional help to guide you to handle the situation. We know as parents we do not want the situation to get there, so, be watchful and note any change in your teen’s behavior and take necessary actions immediately. It is never too late unless you never tried at all!