Help Your Teen Manage Workload Stress
Your teen has an English test tomorrow. A history paper is due next week. The science teacher just assigned a huge project. And your teen has a part-time job interview this weekend. Your student is probably wondering how to manage it all.
A large workload toward the end of a term can make students feel overwhelmed. And, since stressed teens are rarely at their best, that can lead them to perform below their capabilities.
To help your teen cope:
- Listen. Sometimes, just giving your teen a chance to let off steam can be helpful. Don’t try to fix your teen's problems. Just listen patiently.
- Encourage problem-solving by asking questions. This lets your teen think about ways to work through the issues and figure out a solution. Has your teen created a study schedule? Is it possible to reschedule the interview? Teens are more likely to stick with a solution if they are the one who developed it.
- Teach some stress relievers. Taking a few deep breaths before a test can make your teen feel more in control. A brief walk outside can help recharge concentration. Eating a healthy snack can supply energy to keep going. But discourage high-caffeine energy drinks. They will only make your teen feel more agitated.
- Make sure your student gets plenty of sleep. A lack of it only heightens the effects of stress.
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