Stress is a part of life at every stage. Adolescence only makes it harder with so many hormones running across in the body. It is a time for change for teens and there are many reasons that may cause a teen to be stressed. Some of them are:
Pressure to perform in school
Hormonal changes in the body
Social demands (friends/relationships)
Parents getting divorced or separated
Death of someone close to the teen
Financial problems in the family
Change of place (school/city)
Too many activities and too less time
When teens are overcome by stress that they are unable to manage, it leads to depression, withdrawal, falling sick and taking of drugs or alcohol abuse. The parents of teens can help teens in coping with stress and responding to stress in a positive way so as to overcome them.
It is most important for parents to keep an eye on the teens stress and check if it is affecting his daily routine, moods, behavior and feelings. Keep your ears open when your teen talks to you. This will help you analyze if he is too stressed and needs help coping. Encourage your teen to pursue extra curricular activities such as music or sports. This is a good stress relieving technique.
Teens can manage stress by eating right and exercising regularly. Teens should pursue a hobby, learn stress relieving techniques such as breathing techniques, develop a positive attitude, and stay away from drugs and alcohol. Part of relieving your teen of stress is showing him how and part of it is for the teen to follow your lead.