Teen Health and Wellbeing

Supporting Teen Mental Health and Wellbeing

When a teenager experiences or is at risk of depression or anxiety, it can have a considerable impact on their wellbeing and health. The Child Mind Institute has just released some staggering stats about the Pandemic and its mental and emotional impacts to our teens:

36% of teenage girls felt more anxiety since the pandemic 24% of teenagers had sleep disorders 14% felt a withdrawal from the family unit 62% of teens were worried about their mental health 53% were worried about their financial future. That’s a lot to be concerned about as care-givers. So how do we support our teens through these unprecedented times in human history?

💇‍♂️ stick with a regular, consistent schedule.

🤔 be informed and make choices that empower and meet the teens needs

💆‍♀️ touch and contact- touch is a primary and basic need, hug them often

🎮 negotiate screen time to an amount you both agree on

# limit social media/ news and television

💪 encourage socializing, cultivating friendships, support networks and circle of peers

☮ parents- maintain confidence and manage your own anxiety

✍ keep a journal- journalling reminds us how things like emotions and experiences change

🗨 talk and communicate openly about emotions

🌬 remind teens how things come and go, like clouds or the weather

👅 notice sensations in the body- taste, touch, smell, hear, see, intuit so they have a felt sense of what’s going on inside them

👨‍🎓 give a timeline, “How will it feel after exams?”, “How will you feel at the end of the week?”

🤗 but most especially, look them in the eyes- smile- relax your face -harmonize your voice-your teen is able to read your body language and social cues through your face, re-assure them through your eyes that they’re safe, loved and protected.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy sessions for teens.