Helping our teens know how to relieve stress is an important discussion in parenting. Tools such as a stress chart can help identify emotions.
Ask any teenager, and most of them will tell you they are stressed. For the Beyond Good Intentions parenting podcast episode 89, I spoke to counselor Nicci Bontrager from Joyful Family Counseling and she shared about tips for how to relieve stress and I’m grateful for all she shared on stress relief for our teens that can also help children to adults alike.
Way to help with stress relief:
- Go for a walk
- Play a game
- Talk to a friend
- Practice mindfulness (being aware of stressors)
facts about stress
Podcast about stress
nutrition and sleep
- Caffeine intake
- Sugar intake
- Salt intake
Talk with your teens about nutrition and sleep, especially if they are having trouble sleeping.
One tip that Nicci shared with me in our chat is to not use the bed like a couch. Meaning don’t scroll your phone or even binge watch shows from your bed, because it tells your brain it’s not for sleep and may result in trouble sleeping.
After this discussion in the podcast interview, I looked around the internet to find a stress chart for teens, and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I created one! Download the full color version or black and white to have your teen fill it out and become more mindful of how stress is felt and stressors in general.
Download the teen Self Care Wheel here:
Download the Stress Chart here: