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Stress Management Techniques to Teach Your Anxious Student

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Stress Management Techniques to Teach Your Anxious Student

Chaotic, dramatic, intense, hormonal–these are all words that could easily describe the teenage years. Between exams, homework, friends, and fitting in, everything can become pretty hectic for a young teen, which is why stress management techniques are so essential.

As adults, we can easily forget how the littlest things felt like the end of the world back then, making us callous to what our children are going through. It’s important to teach our children stress management techniques so they can keep their mental health happy and thriving.

Stress management techniques to teach a teen

It may seem silly, but teens have an enormous amount of stress on their shoulders–and they often don’t know how to deal with it because no one has taught them how. Here are some stress management techniques you can use to help guide and teach your teen how to deal with anxiety and stress.

  1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep. Our brains need rest, this is a fact. Without a good night’s rest, a teen can have issues with focus, motivation, irritability, and more. Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep equips your brain with a restful boost to take on the day. Sleep is one of the most essential parts of mental health.
  2. stress management techniquesTake a moment to breathe. This may sound like it goes unsaid, but it’s extremely easy for us to barrel through the day without stopping. We live in a fast paced world and teens can forget to take a moment for themselves every now and then. Remind them to take a moment every now and then to just relax and breathe.
  3. Don’t over-schedule. Getting into college can become a huge stressor, causing parents to overschedule their teen’s life. It can be difficult for one teen to do well in math-letes, tutoring, soccer, debate-team, and more–picking just a couple that they’re interested in can help them focus and do well. It’s about quality over quantity.
  4. Encourage some exercise. People don’t usually think of exercise as one of the stress management techniques, but it definitely is. Studies have shown that just 20 minutes of exercise can improve depression and anxiety symptoms significantly.
  5. Offer up your support. Many parents this goes without saying, but you would be surprised how many teens think they can’t turn to their parents in hard times. Just let them know that you’re always there for nonjudgmental support and love if they need it.

If you believe your child is seriously suffering from an overwhelming amount of stress, it’s important to seek out the guidance of a professional. Waiting and hoping it’ll go away on its own has a very low chance of success. There are many options available for your struggling teen.

ViewPoint is here for your family

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best help for troubled teens through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your teen through this hard time.  

For more information about how we teach stress management techniques at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.

 

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