This Month’s Parenting Class: Helping Your Teen Deal with Stress
Unhealthy levels of stress can cause both emotional and physical effects. Long-term stress can lead to physical symptoms of loss of sleep, physical pain, and even a weakened immune system. Emotionally and mentally, stress can lead to emotional breakdowns, outbursts, and relational disconnect.
As parents, we need to help our teen physically, emotionally and spiritually deal correctly with stress. Giving your child the right tools to deal with stress during their teenage years will help when they are on their own at college and later in life.
Here are some tools to help your child deal with stress in effective and healthy ways.
1. Physical activity and exercise are one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. Even if your child is not an athlete or a physically active person, the key is to get their body moving and doing something other than sitting. Taking a walk together or a bike ride, will also give you a chance to talk together while they also get moving.
1. Sleep and rest is another physical tool to help your teen be able to deal with stress but also let go of some areas that are stressing them. While often sleep may be something that suffers due to stress, working to get your child to relax and rest will help them to feel less stressed. If your teen is struggling to physically relax and rest, encourage them to engage in their spiritual life through a solid devotional and prayer time before bed.
3. Eating right and cutting back on sugar and caffeine are another physical way of changing the feelings of anxiousness and stress. Teens, thanks to popular energy drinks and coffee chains, are consuming more caffeine than ever before. The constant ups and downs of the caffeine and sugar levels in their still-developing bodies can cause elevated feelings of anxiousness.
4. Dealing with stress on an emotional level can be handled simply by being able to talk it out. Making yourself available to your teens so they have can verbally let it out, can provide a release valve of growing tension and pressure. Know that sometimes it’s not as much about having the answers to the problem as much as it’s just being a listening ear. Allowing your teen to talk will give you the opportunity to empower your child to figure it out on their own.
5. Finally, as believers, we have the ultimate toolbox of God’s word for dealing with stress and anxieties. Often stress in our teen’s life comes because they believe wrongly that it is all on them to deal with whatever the stressor might be. We, however, know and can share this simple verse with your child, encouraging them to memorize it or write it down somewhere where it can be a reminder.
Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse can also become a prayer you pray with and over our teen during those times of stress.
- Parenting Class 1: The Shema
- Parenting Class 2: Physical Changes in Teenagers
- Parenting Class 3: Rewind and Fast Forward
- Parenting Class 4: Rebel and Repeat
- Parenting Class 5: The Power of a Symbol
- Parenting Class 6: The Power of a Shared Experience
- Parenting Class 7: The Power of an Aplology
- Parenting Class 8: Sibling Rivalry
- Parenting Class 9: Harnessing Your Spiritual Influence
- Parenting Class 10: Planning “On Purpose” Time with Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 11: Taking Pride in Who God Made Them to Be
- Parenting Class 12: Responding vs. Reacting
- Parenting Class 13: Choosing Wisely
- Parenting Class 14: Failure and Success
- Parenting Class 15: Shepherding Their Heart
- Parenting Class 16: Friends
- Parenting Class 17: Broken Trust
- Parenting Class 18: Listening
- Parenting Class 19: Lines of Communication
- Parenting Class 20: Shared Hobby
- Parenting Class 21: Teens in Crisis
- Parenting Class 22: Training Your Teen to Be a Leader
- Parenting Class 23: Supporting Your Teenager’s Small Group
- Parenting Class 24: Investing in a Strong Relationship
- Parenting Class 25: Back to School
- Parenting Class 26: Guiding without Controlling
- Parenting Class 27: Thoughts on Praying for Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 28: Establishing a Trust Economy with Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 29: Helping Your Teenager Learn to Manage Money
- Parenting Class 30: Why Does Parenting Seem So Lonely?
- Parenting Class 31: How Do I Help My Teen Through the Death of a Friend?
- Parenting Class 32: How Do I Know When My Teen Needs Counseling?
- Parenting Class 33: Learning How to Apologize to My Teen
- Parenting Class 34: How to Stay Out of My Teen’s Drama
- Parenting Class 35: Knowing When to Stand Strong
- Parenting Class 36: Connecting with Your Gamer
- Parenting Class 37: What If Your Teenager Has a Bad Friend
- Parenting Class 38: Friendship Drama
- Parenting Class 39: How to Have a Tough Conversation with Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 40: Teens and Cell Phones
- Parenting Class 41: Looking for an Identity
- Parenting Class 42: Help Your Teen with Social Media
- Parenting Class 43: Is My Teenager Self-Obsessed?
- Parenting Class 44: The Pressure to Be Perfect
- Parenting Class 45: Cyberbullying
- Parenting Class 46: Goal Setting with Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 47: 3 Types of Spiritual Conversations You Can Have with Your Teenager
- Parenting Class 48: 3 Questions to Get Your Teenager to Start Talking
- Parenting Class 49: The 3 Seasons of Being a Teenager
- Parenting Class 50: Rage vs. Anger
- Parenting Class 51: Connecting Through the Written Word
- Parenting Class 52: Their Safe Place
- Parenting Class 53: Developing Gratefulness in Your Teen