Teens who suffer from anxiety are reacting to stress. The feelings of worry, stress and tension your teen is suffering from can have a negative impact on everything from his health to his ability to socialize with others. Just about everyone experiences anxiety from time to time and it can be mild to severe. While your teen may suffer from anxiety, only 13 percent of teenagers suffer from anxiety severe enough to require medical intervention, according to WebMD. This means you can probably help your teen find ways to alleviate his own anxiety at home.
Encourage your teen to relax, advises KidsHealth. Her idea of relaxation might be sitting in front of the television and catching up on her favorite shows or movies, but that’s not the kind of relaxation that helps her deal with anxiety. To help her ease her anxiety, you can encourage her to try yoga or take a walk around the neighborhood or park. Both release positive hormones into her body that fight anxiety and improve her mood.
Remove distraction from your teen’s life for approximately 20 minutes each day, advises WebMD. During this time your teen should not have her cell phone, television, music or familial distractions to deal with. Instead, she should concentrate on breathing deeply and removing the tension from her body. During each deep breath she should relax different muscles in her body until she has relaxed all of her muscles and released the tension and anxiety completely from her body. This practice, when done every day, can greatly reduce your daughter’s anxiety symptoms.
Make sure your teen is getting plenty of sleep, advises Kids Health. Teens need approximately 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order for their bodies to function properly. When your teen doesn’t get the proper amount of sleep, he is more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety.
Help your teen learn to refocus her stressed, anxious and negative thoughts into something more positive, according to KidsHealth. If she feels anxiety about an upcoming test at school, help her redirect her focus to how well she’s going to do on this test because she has studied so hard or how good she’s going to feel when the test is over because she won’t have to study for it anymore. When she learns to stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive instead, it makes it easier for her to release her anxiety.
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