The coronavirus has presented many challenges for people of all ages, as we’ve experienced the loss of community, social structures, and many of the things that ground us during these uncertain times.
Teenagers are among those who have been heavily affected as these changes have been implemented. Losing the structure that comes with school, having minimal social interaction, and an increase in daily screen time due to zoom classes and online work has contributed to the increase in teen’s decreasing mental health as the pandemic has gone on. If you’re worried about your teen, you’re not alone. It’s important to remember that there are steps your child can take to improve mental health and that professional help is available.
4 actions your teen can take to improve mental health at home
Experiencing isolation can take its toll on people in different ways. The unique stressors that teenagers have faced during this time have led to a drastic increase in the levels of anxiety and depression as well as triggering other underlying mental health issues. Here are 4 actions your teenager can take to alleviate the stress and improve mental health.
Spend time outside: This may sound simple, but for many students, especially in the colder months, going outside every day has become something that is not a given. Nature boosts endorphin levels and has proven to reduce stress hormones. Even if it’s 20 minutes of sunlight a day, this will make a big difference in your mood and productivity.
Keep up social interaction within the guidelines: It’s important to remain in contact with friends, family, and loved ones in all the ways that we can during this time. If this means going on socially distanced walks, waving through a window, or calling people to check in on them, it’s important your teen does what they can to keep up with the ones they love. One small interaction is so much better for the mind than none. Make sure to stay within the coronavirus guidelines.
Find an outlet that works: Finding an outlet to express feelings can have a large positive impact on mental health. Whether it be finding a new love for painting, starting to write, singing, dancing, or creating a support group with friends, finding a way to express yourself in a way that speaks to you is so important during this time, especially as loneliness and isolation can really set in as time goes on. If there’s something your teen wants to try, let them go for it!
Talk to a professional: If you’re finding that your teen’s mental health isn’t improving, and you’re unsure of what to do next, help is available. Morningsong Therapy Center offers specialized counseling for teens who are struggling with a wide range of mental health issues. Help is available, reach out today.
Symptoms to watch out for in your teen
If you’re unsure of whether your teen is struggling mentally, there are some behaviors to look out for:
- Increased irritability
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling restless
- Inability to concentrate
- Increased level of anxiety and worry
- Muscle tension
- High levels of fatigue
If your child is struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
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