A healthy response to stress (Part 10 of 10)
Parents – you can have an impact on how your teenager deals with life. Remember that you are the models for them. Try not to get caught up in the fast pace. You can help them with:
#10–Model a Healthy Lifestyle: You can help by setting an example of a healthy, reduced stress lifestyle. Learn to manage your own time, get enough sleep, exercise, and enjoy life. Your teen will learn from your example.
I know it seems like a lot, but you probably already do many of the things mentioned in this 10 part series. Just be more aware of how important it is for your teen to have good mental health and one way for that to happen is to model these characteristics for them, to discuss these issues with them and which will allow them to be teenagers for these short few years.
Commentary by Laurie Linscheid, LMFT