Hi awesome parents! Today I want to introduce to you Laura Chapman. She has written an article on Teen Stress. She is the mother of two teenage daughters. Like a third of teenagers here in the States, her daughters have shown symptoms of stress. They have come under pressure to do well in school academically, to do well socially and to look how teens are “supposed” to look.
This enlightenment has taken her on a journey to how and why and now she would love to share her findings. Please read, take notes and use! At the bottom of the article is a link to a site that gives you much more information.
Stress is Threatening our Teens
Stress is not normally an issue we associate with the teenage years, but studies are showing that the physical symptoms of stress can be an even bigger worry for adolescents, than they are for their parents. The American Psychological Association has found that almost one third of children are affected by stress and anxiety, at higher levels than those reported by adults.
Cause and Effect
The top reasons reported by teens for causing them harmful stress include the demand to complete school work and succeed academically, as well as the complex network of relationships with parents, romantic interests, friends and siblings. Teens, like adults, sometimes have too many obligations to fulfil yet unlike adults, they often lack the emotional maturity, experience or skills to place things into perspective.
The link between stress and drug taking is strong; according to a survey, some 39 per cent of all high school seniors reported that they consumed alcohol; 23 per cent said they smoked marijuana, and 16 per cent said they had smoked cigarettes. Prescription drug abuse is additionally one of the greatest worries to the nation, withdrugabuse.gov noting that in 2010 alone, the number of people who consumed prescription drugs for non-medical purposes amounted to 8.76 million. Even caffeine is a cause for concern; teens are consuming far more than the recommended maximum of 100mg a day, in an effort to stay awake while cramming for exams.
3 Ways to De-Stress a Teen
Children should learn how to curb stress as soon as they can, to prevent anxiety from taking over their lives and affecting their future negatively. Parents should encourage their children to experience a natural high through sports; numerous scientific studies have shown that exercise is a wonderful way to reduce levels of stress hormone, cortisol, and to enjoy the rush of endorphins (or ‘feel good’ hormones).
Sound nutrition is also vital; the obesity epidemic in the US reveals that 0ur teens are consuming too many processed and high-sugar and –salt foods. Parents should encourage teens to consume homemade, seasonal, organic foods, as well as healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Teens should not be given caffeine, refined sugar and excesses of calcium or magnesium, which can act as stimulants.
Finally, it is vital that adolescents obtain at least 9.25 hours of sleep every night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, American teens are mustering a mere 7.4 hours on school nights and 8.1 hours on non-school nights. One of the best ways to help teens recharge their batteries and stay calm in the face of stress, Is by ensuring they get their required share of ZZZs.