7. Practice Self-Care Regularly
Self-care is all about finding small opportunities to sustain yourself each and every day – especially if you’re a parent. Additionally, you’ll provide an excellent example for your teen on practicing self-care.
Lastly, limit your own screen time. Endlessly scrolling social media and the news channels is not self-care.
8. Get the Help of a Friend
If you’re overwhelmed, why not ask a friend to help you? It can be a sibling of yours, another family member, e.g., a grandparent, a close friend, or another parent. There is no shame in asking for a little assistance occasionally.
9. Get Your Own Mental Health Support
If your own mental health is concerning you, then seek mental health support for yourself. For example, now in the U.S., online mental health services and telehealth services have created more access and opportunities to get help. Speak to your primary care doctor.
10. Teenage Wellbeing Signs to Watch Out For
1. An abrupt change in the overall mood of your child is not a common occurrence, especially if the mood persists
2. Your child takes a break from their normal friendships
3. They are no longer interested in their favorite sports or activities
4. Your child’s sleeping habits change, such as having a hard time falling or staying asleep or sleeping much more than usual
5. Changes in weight or appetite
6. Difficulty remembering things or concentrating for long periods
7. Changes in appearance, like a lack of hygiene or not caring about how they look
8. Abnormal behaviors, such as using drugs or alcohol
9. Thoughts about death or suicide (known as suicidal ideation) or talking about hurting themselves
These are warning signs related to your teen’s well-being. Just because they are not apparent in your own child doesn’t mean everything is fine.
Always try to keep your lines of communication fully open. Remember, the best way to know how your child feels is to ask them simply.