Being along for too long is not good for teen stress. At the same time, being alone too much can also be problematic. It’s a good idea to teach your teen that having friends and a social life is a good thing, when done in moderation. Make sure your teen goes out with others at least once a week, so long as it doesn’t affect their schooling. This will help them to begin to release pent up stress and the friends themselves will provide stress management and perspective. Sometimes, you just need to get away from the confines of your own world in order to be able to handle it better.
Realize the Big Picture
Seeing perspective helps destroy stress. Teaching perspective is challenging and many adults still don’t understand this concept. What you need to tell your teen is that in times of stress, most things which seem to be important really are not. Talk to your teen about learning to ask this question – will I still care about this in a month? If the answer is yes, then the teen will be able to see that this event is important and they need to handle it well. If they realize the problem isn’t all that important, they can release the importance of it and begin to look at the event as a learning experience in which they might do something wrong.
Teens need to have guidance when it comes to stress management as they are only beginning their lives with all of the tension and stresses which have yet to come. Learning the tools now will help them later in all they do.