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How can I help my teen to reduce stress?

Michele Borba
Psychology
You can help your teen to reduce stress as follows: Bring on the tunes. Suggest that they load their iPod with music that helps them tune out and relax.

Exercise: Walking. Bike riding. Rowing. Swimming. Playing basketball. Encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the health facilities that are usually on a college campus.

Get some yoga on. Adolescents credit yoga as teaching relaxation and breath control. So why not do it with them? Purchase a yoga DVD that you can do at home together, or invite another parent and teen to join and make it a weekly routine.

Loads of homework, social pressures and self image issues can all contribute to stress of a teen. 

  • Encourage your teen to explore a new hobbie outside of school. Writing, art classes or learning to play an instrument will help to reduce strss.
  • Take up a new phsical activity whether it be a dance class, horseback riding or surfing. Help them to discover what they love.  Any kind of physical activity helps everyone reduce stress.
  • Join a teen group at your local church or within your community.  Relating with teens in a social situation outside of school is healthy and can give new perspective to your teen.

 

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.