It is very natural for teens to be exposed to many physical and psychological changes while growing up and this results in the development of anxiety from time to time. Anxiety is a very common emotion that increases multifold when exposed to stressful situations and if it begins to disrupt everyday activities, then you have a problem.
If your child is experiencing such issues, he/she would require a lot of care, because it is a well known fact that anxiety does not fade away if it is left unattended, it is just bound to grow and expand. With teenagers, it is sometimes a little more complicated, as they go through puberty, and this sometimes makes them want to alienate themselves, making it difficult for parents to have the necessary insight into their lives.
How do I know if my teens are going through anxiety and stress management issues?
Although the experience of anxiety varies from person to person, there are some characteristics that are common:
- There is inexplicable fear or concern that interferes with the ability to enjoy life or complete daily activities.
- A state of confusion or paranoia.
- No logical explanation is going to be successful to aiding the aforementioned conditions.
Anxiety disorders come in various forms – generalized anxiety disorders, social anxiety, separation anxiety (common in children), obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias and panic disorders. Regardless of the specific disorder, all of the above have in common some symptoms with regards to teens:
- Unrealistic or baseless fears
- Persistent or obsessive thoughts
- Physical symptoms include sweating or shortness of breath.
How do I help my teen with anxiety and stress management?
When it comes to teens or adolescents, the approach is essential. So what are the most effective ways? While it would be fair to admit that you won’t be helping them out with perfect treatment all the time, you could still use some of the advice below and be glad that you’re trying the best you can.
- Help them indulge in sports and fitness programs – A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind. Put your teens to yoga classes if possible. Deep breathing and meditation are too sure to help decrease anxiety.
- Monitor social circles – It might be very possible that there’s added peer pressure which is making things worse for your kids. Guide them to have good company if need be.
- Give them some much needed assurance – Yes! This is very important. Often teens are extremely insecure when under anxiety and this even leads to suicide. Motivate them at times and assure them that everything’s going to be okay.