Talk to Your Parents About Stress

How to Talk to Your Parents About Stress

If you’re feeling a bit stressed out, your parents can help. Although they did not grow up with the same pressures as you, such as social media and insane testing schedules, the adults in your life are a great source of support. Also keep in mind that although stress and anxiety can stick with you for a long time, there are techniques that can help you manage both (your parents can help you here, too!).

Talking to adults

Having to approach a parent or teacher about uncomfortable subjects can be scary. Don’t be afraid to let your mom or dad know that you need to talk. If you feel tired all the time, like everyday activities are just too hard to get through, or sick without reason, it might be time to talk.

KidsHealth.org is a good website to look at if you think you might need some advice on talking to your parents about stress or other difficult topics. It is not rude to start a conversation by explaining that something is weighing on your mind and that you just need them to listen. It’s also okay to ask for advice. Remember, even your parents need guidance sometimes, so no one is going to judge you for asking for a listening ear.

What do you need?

There is no single thing that all people need to keep stress away. When your stress causes you constant anxiety, it can kill your confidence and make you feel scared of failure, especially when it comes to how you’re doing in school.

A few things that may help (and things you should consider talking to your parents about) include:

  • Changing the way you eat. French fries might be tasty, but anything you get from a drive-through isn’t going to be good for your body. When you eat, your food goes into your gut, which has the task of separating the vitamins and minerals from the stuff that doesn’t contribute to your health. And believe it or not, there is a little world just behind your belly button that affects everything from weight to the chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy or sad. Ask your parents about helping you eat more foods that promote gut health or taking a supplement that contains probiotics.
  • Exercising. When you were in elementary school, you went outside for recess every day, but the older you get, the more you probably just want to chill out on the couch with your video games. Fortnite and Minecraft are fun, but they don’t help your body and brain work the way they should. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic note that exercise can boost your brain’s production of feel-good endorphins (hormones that make you happy) and can ease stress.
  • Having too much to do. Sometimes, adults think that the best thing for their kids is to stay busy. There’s nothing wrong with taking martial arts or playing soccer after school, but sometimes, all of this extra activity is just too much. Not getting done with baseball practice until 10 o’clock at night and then still having to do homework and eat dinner isn’t good for anyone.
  • Spending more time with your family. There are a lot of scientific reasons that you should spend more time with the people you love, and if you’ve been feeling like time around the dinner table makes you happy, you’re probably right. Activities like eating dinner together, playing games, and doing crafts with your family help you bond. These activities also give you a great chance to talk to them about everything that’s going on during the day while you are at school.

There are a lot of things you can do to make stress go away, but there are also things that you’re going to need help with. Talk to your parents or a trusted teacher about things you can do, like eating different foods and taking some activities off your plate. You may find that simple changes to your day can make you feel a whole lot better.

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