Week 27 -- "Don’t stress about stress" -- Grade 11
Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Don’t stress about stress.
Brief Summary: Stress is something we all face, even your kids. For your teen, stress comes from a variety of sources – school, making and keeping friends, romantic relationships, and managing what they perceive as your expectations for them. Of course, some stress can be positive in that it provides the energy needed to tackle a big test, a presentation, or even a sporting event, but too much stress can create unnecessary hardship and challenge.
The problem is many teens don’t tell their parents that they are feeling overwhelmed, which is why it is important to tune into how they are feeling and offer support and guidance when they need it.
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- Watch for negative changes in behavior. Common changes can include acting irritable or moody, withdrawing from activities that used to give them pleasure, routinely expressing worries, complaining more than usual about school, sleeping too much or too little, or eating too much or too little.
- Other signs in teens could include significantly avoiding parents, abandoning long-time friendships for a new set of peers, or expressing excessive hostility toward family members.
- Following the seven ways to help your teen with stress:
- Help your teen to determine what’s within his control and what isn’t.
- Suggest ways to get the basics back in place.
- Brainstorm stress-relieving distractions.
- Help your teen find time for relaxation, especially during stressful moments.
- Set limits for social media.
- Teach your teen to practice “calm self-talk”.
- Be a good role model for your teen.
Continue the Conversation:
- What are your sources of stress?
- Does your stress come on at certain periods of time i.e. prior to testing, conversations about grades, or what colleges are your looking at attending? How can I help alleviate and support you in managing these stressors?
- What other support networks do you rely or depend on?
- What are you doing to help work through and manage your stress?
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