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.
#4 Get Them To Sleep
Stress and a lack of sleep go hand in hand. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teens get between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night. Because many teens tend to stay up late and then get up early for school, they simply aren’t getting enough rest. This causes stress hormones to increase.