High school can be a tough time for teenagers. They are experiencing puberty, making decisions that will impact their lives outside of high school, and learning about real-world dating for the first time.
Being a teenager can be overwhelming, but being a high school teenager is even tougher. Teenage burnout is almost an epidemic and it is something that nearly every teen will experience at some point in their life.
As parents, we can feel helpless when it comes to figuring out strategies to help them. Here are five ways you can intervene to prevent teenage burnout in high school.
5 Ways to Prevent High School Burnout
Carve Out “Me Time”
These days, it can start to feel like homework and after school activities take up every waking moment of your child’s life! For many teenagers, after school activities can take three or even four hours after school each day (if not more), and homework could take three or four hours each day.
This means that just in homework and after school activities alone, your child will spend six to eight+ hours doing school stuff outside of school! Make sure that your teenager is making time for themselves in the midst of all their school obligations as well. Having your teenager pick a few self-care activities to incorporate into their school week can help them with stress, and make sure they get in some personal time.
Teach Your Child that It’s Okay to Say No
Teenage burnout typically starts with saying yes to too many things. Saying no has been made to sound like a negative thing, even when it can be the best thing you can say. It’s essential to not only tell our kids that it’s okay to say no but teach them how to say no.
Develop Healthy Stress Management Strategies
Developing healthy stress management habits and strategies are vital to keeping your teens from experiencing burnout in high school. Talk with your teen about anxiety and stress, and teach them about healthy stress management strategies they can implement.
Here are some ideas if you need a little inspiration:
- Learn to accept there are things in life that are out of your control.
- Practice relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation.
- Fight stress with exercise.
- Learn to manage your time effectively.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
Let Your Child Know It’s Okay To Ask For Help
As a parent, sometimes, we miss the signs of teen anxiety. It’s important to let your child know that they can always ask for help if they are feeling overwhelmed. This may mean talking to their teacher about schoolwork, parents about home obligations, or even their sports coach about their practice demands. If your child is struggling, they need to learn to ask for help before they become overwhelmed.
Instill Healthy Habits to Combat Teenage Burnout
Healthy habits can not only help your child feel better but can also help combat teenage burnout! Running is a great stress reliever, but it is also a great way to keep your body in shape. Eating a healthy diet is not only a way to fuel your body, but your mind as well. Teach your teen to start instilling healthy habits at home, so when they do finally leave the nest, they have healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
These five tips will help prevent teenage burnout and make a significant impact on your teen’s life! These are not only great ways to avoid burnout but tips that can be useful for dealing with daily stress as well.
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