Being optimistic keeps one hopeful and happy, rather than being depressed and cynical. It will give them the determination to do better, even if their situation is bleak. You should help your teenager develop a positive attitude, so that they can cope with their stress. You can help your teenager create a better study plan for school, for example, to help them see the brighter side of things.
The condition of one’s body also affects the condition of one’s mind. Having a healthy body will help you and your teenager cope with stress. Eating junk food and not sleeping enough increases your teen’s chances of getting depressed and feeling the pressure of stress. It might be a good idea to see a doctor to check if your teenager is suffering from a lack of nutrition or some illness that they may not have noticed. Having a healthy body and a good diet will help you and your teen have the energy to face problems and get rid of stress. You should also be frank with your doctor if you suspect your teen may be suffering from depression, so that treatment need not be delayed.
Make your family a support system for each other. Help your teen with their problems, and encourage your child to do well and deal with their problems. You can also talk to your teen about what’s troubling you and feel better, and they will feel like they have a role to play in helping you too. Do your best to lessen the weight of pressure on your teen by being understanding and telling them that you love them no matter what. This will let them feel accepted by their family, and lessen their stress.
Do stress relieving activities as a family. You can do anything that the whole family enjoys and has fun doing. For example, you can play a sport that everyone loves to forget for a while about the problems in life. Or you can learn yoga and meditation, to learn how to keep calm and relax. Helping your child deal with stress can also help you face your own problems. In the end, you will become a stronger family and stronger individuals.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you need help controlling your stress? If so, here are some ways that have helped me improve my stress.
1) Give breathing exercises a try. First, turn on some relaxing music. Then sit in a comfortable chair or lay down on a couch. Close your eyes. Shake your arms and legs to loosen them. Relax. Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a second, and slowly exhale through your mouth. Let the tension melt away from your muscles. Focus on your breathing, not on your problems. Do this at least ten times. If you have medical problems see your doctor first before doing this breathing exercise.
2) Go for a quiet walk and do breathing exercises (same as above but with eyes open) to calm you.
3) If you’re able and in good health, try physical excursion to relief stress. Take up running, kick-boxing, tennis, dance, racquetball, aerobics, etc. If I feel really stressed, quick physical movements which I have to focus on helps.