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Mental health doesn’t discriminate, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a child, teenager or adult – it’s a fact.
It’s no secret that mental health wellness is one of the biggest areas of interest right now. We’ve faced a pandemic, looting, flooding, power cuts, rising cost of living, and more – not easy at all!
According Bioteenmental health issues are a top priority among adolescents.
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Parents lead busy and stressful lives, and it’s not always easy to notice when your teen is feeling overwhelmed and alone.
But parents are the teen’s support system — not just for school elevators and putting food on the table, but also for emotional assistance.
Parental support is essential and a big part of the support process is teaching your children to manage their stress.
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This 10-point plan shared by Bioteen is a useful starting point if you – as a parent – also need guidance to help your teen.
1. Be aware of stressors
It may be easier to just put your head down and keep going without thinking too much about how you feel. Encourage your teen to take a break and check in with him regularly. It is best to deal with stressors as early as possible.
2. Avoid unnecessary stress
We all know teenagers who seem to enjoy the drama of life and seem to create their own stress. Teach your teen to choose their battles. Not everything is worth spending energy.
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3. Focus on the things you can change
Not everything is under our control. Your high school student can’t decide when the geometry test is or if he’ll be chosen for the football team, but he can get up 10 minutes early to get to school on time and he can control his timetable. take the time to study for their tests.
4. Exercise regularly
It may seem that adding exercise to the daily routine is just another stressor, but physical activity makes it much easier to manage the stress of everyday life because it releases hormones that make us feel good and help reduce stress hormones.
5. Enjoy relaxing activities
It is important to take time to relax. It’s not a waste of time and it’s not selfish. Whether it’s yoga, a walk with the dog, a good laugh with friends, or scribbling in your journal, spending time doing the things you love will improve your mental health.
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6. Good nutrition
The foundation of good health is good nutrition, as it provides the body with the nutrients it needs to sustain you physically and mentally, and in times of overwhelming stress it can be helpful to supplement your diet with nutrients known to support mental health. Bioteen’s range of supplements and functional foods are formulated specifically for adolescents to support their health and well-being, academics, mood and stress, and sports and exercise.
7. Sleep well
Everything seems better after a good sleep. Encourage your teen to go to bed early enough to ensure he gets eight to ten hours of sleep per night. Avoid electronic devices at least an hour before sleep, as the light from screens can suppress the release of melatonin, which is the hormone that promotes sleep.
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Meditation trains your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts and has been proven to provide many mental and physical health benefits. In fact, a three-year study of Wisconsin adolescents recently found that using a mindfulness app led to a significant reduction in worry that lasted for up to six months, as well as some reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
9. Talk about it
Encourage your teen to talk about what’s bothering him. It helps to feel that the problem is shared. They may talk to you, a friend, a counselor, or a therapist. If they share their concerns with you, listen to the way they speak and take particular note of the type of language – and body language – they use.
10. Get involved
Feeling like you’re part of something and making a difference is a great way to boost self-esteem and positive feelings. Join a team, get involved in church, or volunteer to help others less fortunate.
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If not, how can you help?
Adults aren’t always the best cops, but if you learn to deal with your stress in a helpful and positive way, you can teach your teen to do the same by being a positive role model.
Actively support your teen through difficult times: it always helps to know that there is someone who cares for them in their corner.
And, most importantly, teaching them to identify when they’re feeling stressed and how to manage their stress effectively will set them up for a calmer, more fulfilled life.
And don’t forget that taking care of yourself is just as important, because balancing life, raising kids, and your career isn’t easy.