Stress is a dominating problem in the lives of both parents and their kids. Between juggling school, work, homework, sports and the everyday pressures of being a kid, stress is inevitable and a normal part of life. While some stress is ok and can prove to be motivating, too much stress can be unhealthy both mentally and physically. According to a recent survey, 43% of 13-14 year olds say they feel stressed every single day, by ages 15-17, that number rises to 59%. The big problems begin when the stress that teens are feeling becomes unmanageable and they turn to unhealthy behaviors to cope including alcohol and drugs. This is where parents need to step in and recognize that their teen needs some help. Here are some helpful signs for parents to recognize when their teen is feeling the s-t-r-e-s-s:
- Chronic moodiness, irritability, anxiety and/or long bouts of sadness
- Sleeping problems
- Change in Appetite
- Muscle Tension
- Stomach aches
- Constant worry/ feeling trapped
Help your kids deal with their stress before they use drugs to deal with it for them!