We will be posting a series over the next week from Get Smart About Drugs about Ways Your Teen Can De-Stress
The school year can be a really stressful time for teens. Whether they’re getting adjusted to a new school or trying to balance academics with extracurricular activities, the pressure can become overwhelming. Unfortunately, many times young people turn to unhealthy ways to deal with stress— like abusing stimulants and other drugs. In addition, according to a recent DrugFree.org article, stress damages the brain, causing your teen to be more vulnerable to drug addiction. Take a look at these seven healthy, drug-free ways your teen can de-stress.
#3 Encourage Breaks
Does your teen juggle a part-time job, schoolwork, and soccer practice…all in the same day? In between all of the madness , he or she may need to take a quick moment for themselves. Meditation, even for a short period of time, is one of the top ways your busy teen can calm his or her mind during very active days. Mindful meditation can also improve the brain and help reduce anxiety.