TEEN ANXIETY AND STRESS

Like adults, teens can get stressed out without knowing it’s happening. Teenagers too, experience stress every day; however they are not learning the skills to manage this stress so as to become well rounded and well adjusted adults.  One minute all is well, and then the next minute, the wheels of the bus fall off – and with that, your teen and your home life are thrown into turmoil.  In today’s world, teens are under more pressure and experiencing more stress than ever before. Between the increasing demands of academic life, extracurricular activities, peer relationships, family relationships, and the constant growing demands of technology, teens are often left feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, and irritable.

Teen stress is an important and yet often overlooked, health issue.  As a parent, it is vital that you approach your teen and discuss the topic of anxiety and stress because the way in which your teen approaches and copes with this stress can have significant short-and long- term consequences on his physical and emotional health.

I have developed a specific series of tools and techniques that aim to provide stress reduction and life strategies for teens.  It has its foundations in the MBSR programme created by Jon Kabat –Zin, but is refined and tailored to meet the specific needs of your teen.  The aim of my work is to help your teen minimize his stress, encourage his emotional regulation and balance, and develop the skills to replace impulsive reactions with healthy, thoughtful responses that encourage the choice of appropriate behaviours.  Not only will your teen will learn to handle life situations with less emotional reactivity, but he will also strengthen his ability to pay attention and concentrate.