Stress is an issue more and more for young people, according to both young people and parents we’ve spoken with.
There are a number of things that can cause stress for young people, some of these could be:
Dealing with your son or daughters stresses be challenging. In some cases it can make them bottle it all up and save it for the family home. Which in turn creates conflict among the rest of the family.
Have the conversation to see if you can identify what is going on for them. Let them do the talking here and listen.
Whatever is causing them stress may not seem like a big problem to you but their reaction shouldn’t be ignored. Let them tell you how it’s having an impact.
Whatever they’re going through, it can be better not to jump in and solve it for him/her. Step in when required, but also, be ready too to take a step back from it.
Your son or daughter might be stressed about something and just talking it over with you can help it not get bigger in their heads. Let them know that stress is completely normal may help put him/her at ease.
They may be exaggerating the problem, but don’t deny the existence of it. Instead, encourage them to get some perspective, by using examples they can relate to.
Make sure you are looking after yourself in addition to your family. Don’t underestimate the impact of your own mood on your son or daughter.