You work hard and have so much stress and pressure to deal with. Oh, to be a kid again where life is so carefree … Actually, you kids may be struggling even more than you are.
In a new study, forty percent of teens said they suffered from irritability or anger, while almost as many felt anxiety, depression, or sadness. The main culprit: stress.
And this stress can destroy a child’s ability to keep up in school, have healthy relationships, and avoid substance abuse. Plus, stress damages physical health through loss of sleep or poor eating habits. It’s a destructive domino effect many parents aren’t even aware of.
Teens need your help. Stay tuned to your child’s moods, academic performance, and changes in behavior—and talk to them about stress. Encourage them to pray, exercise, journal, and find healthy ways to make adolescence less anxious.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Parenting style affects child’s mental health
- Overweight Children Are Affected More By Stress
- The Truth about Bullying and How to Protect Your Child
- Bullying and Health
- Sleep-deprived, sedentary teens who overuse media at higher risk for serious mental health issues
- Too much TV, too little exercise associated with depression
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2013. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.