assortment of stresses

Teenagers have an assortment of stresses in their lives, but we must not try to extinguish them all. If we want to introduce teens to teenage stress management, we must first teach them to distinguish between bad stress (distress) and good stress (eustress).

 
By: Anna Hart
 
Why would anybody ever think of teenage stress management? Teenagers don?t have families to cause them stress. They don?t have jobs or in-laws. Might teenage stress management be just another buzz term?



Distress or Eustress

Teenagers have an assortment of stresses in their lives, but we must not try to extinguish them all. If we want to introduce teens to teenage stress management, we must first teach them to distinguish between bad stress (distress) and good stress (eustress).

* Distress is a negative force that leaves its victim wallowing in despair, unproductive, and frustrated.

* Eustress is a positive force that leaves its owner happy, productive, and anticipating good.

If not taught this first lesson of teenage stress management, teens may resort to destructive and abusive habits.

Teenage Stress Management at Home

Your teen?s stress will likely begin at home. It may, in fact, have first made itself known when he was a toddler. The ongoing determination to gain independence is, in itself a stressor. Teenagers have other stressors, too, that originate within the home.

* Changes in their bodies

 

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