Today’s teens face more pressures than any generation before them. In addition to increasing academic demands, navigating physical changes and body image concerns, teenagers in the digital age are also expected to be “on” 24/7. In fact, many teens sleep with their smartphones right at their bedsides. That constant accessibility is not only addictive, it can also lead to depression.
The physical hit
While some amount of stress is “normal,” chronic stress can have devastating consequences, especially for teenagers. They may not have the tools to manage stress in a positive way, choosing instead to engage in destructive behaviors or acts of self-sabotage. In fact, research suggests this age group is especially vulnerable to suicide.
The stress antidote
How can you help your child minimize overwhelm and maximize joy? Follow these four strategies: