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Help your teen de-stress

By: Spencer

With the school year back in full swing, many students struggle with stress or anxiety. This is understandable with the pressure society places on young people to perform well both academically and in extracurricular activities.

According to the American Psychological Association, more than a quarter (27 percent) of teens say they experience extreme stress during the school year, compared with only 13 percent in the summer.

Stress can cause emotional and health problems including:

·         Reduced attention span

·         Diminished motivation to succeed academically

·         Trouble sleeping

·         Headaches

·         Panic attacks

·         Obsessive behaviors

How can your child manage stress? Help them follow these tips:

·         Exercise, whether it’s playing sports, walking or dancing!

·         Sleep for at least nine hours a night

·         Balance work and play

·         Find hobbies that bring you joy, like reading a book, going to the movies or drawing

·         Talk through your problems with a parent, teacher or other trusteed adult

·         Avoid negative self-talk

·         Limit caffeine

As always, have open discussions with your child about what’s stressing them, and talk to their primary care doctor if you notice your child is often struggling with anxiety.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose