Stress is a normal part of development, and can even be helpful and motivating. Many teens, however, struggle with stress levels that interfere with everyday life. 60% feel stress, either from internal pressure (to be perfect or successful) or external pressure (from the expectations of others). Youth need to learn to give themselves grace – and it starts with the messages and modeling they get from us. Here are some resources to get you started:
- For practical tips and exercises for your teen, search “teens and stress” at kidshealth.org.
- Help your teen understand and manage their stress through these steps: www.mindful.org/
- Invite your teen to explore peace that comes through faith. Here’s a place to start: www.fervr.net/teen-life/