Do you remember being stressed out as a teenager? Can you imagine having a pandemic to worry about too? This period of time has been causing many teens to feel anxious.
If your teen is feeling unsettled here’s a way you can help them. A therapist in Petaluma, Sierra Dator, who works with kids and specializes in depression suggests: remind them they can feel better in their skin by paying attention to self-care. It’s empowering for them to learn their own actions can go a long way in combating anxiety.
As parents, we can talk to our teens about what self-care looks like. Self-care actions might include
* Getting homework done so they can have a peaceful rest of the night
* Brushing teeth
* Taking a digital break
* Getting some sunshine
* Having a whole meal
* Moving their body
* Spending time with family (grandparents included)
* Deep breathing
* Talking with friends
* Going to bed earlier than usual
* Reading a book for enjoyment
What do you find helps your teen cope with stress?