Teens and Anxiety

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https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201711/10-reasons-teens-have-so-much-anxiety-today

How are we supporting our kids in building their resilience or ‘mental muscle?’  It seems that increased opportunities for real life connection rather than through social media is a strong start.  Some steps to consider:  reduce amount of family time on devices, support emotional development through discussion and skill building in navigating disappointment and sadness, and increased time having fun outdoors.  A family meeting to discuss these steps encourages a whole team approach rather than focussing solely on the teen.  If connection with counselling supports is needed, working with the whole family is most beneficial to support improved communication, coping strategies, and wellbeing for all.

 

 

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