The life of the adolescence is getting more and more filled with expectations from school, family and their own friends and environment. Social Media does not help either, adding more pressure on the young person to compete. What about school? School’s do have their learning curriculum, which is standard per the country’s requirement and can’t cater for the different types of students. Some might need different stimulations, some cannot focus, some do have anxiety or challenges with time and stress management. Do have the teachers the necessary skills and time to manage all the different types of students? Is it better to have someone else from outside the school setting to assist the young person? Or shall we train our teachers to be more mindful? Let’s have a look at some stress management techniques for adolescents that work.

Stress Management Techniques for Adolescent

Stress Management Techniques for Adolescents

Some useful and simple tools called “The Mindsight Simple Seven” from the book “BRAINSTORM – The power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”, Daniel J.Siegel, are:

  1. Time-In
  2. Sleep Time
  3. Focus Time
  4. Downtime
  5. Playtime
  6. Physical Time
  7. Connecting Time

Following the above simple rules in a daily basis, will keep the body healthy, the mind strong and the brain to continue to grow of the young people. It seems obvious and easy to follow. It is not. Therefore, young persons need a guide to show the way. Positivity, patience and putting yourself on the same level is key as well as tyring to understand the brain, which is in evolving status, as a coach.

Stress Management Techniques for Adolescents

  1. Time-in: Reflecting on your inner world, your emotions, thoughts, which regulates compassion, attention and thinking
  2. Sleep Time: Sleeping pattern is different, be mindful of switching off digital equipment in time, no coffee-alcohol before bedtime, you are in control of your sleeping behaviours
  3. Focus Time: Do one thing at a time, not multi-tasking, learning and remembering will be easier, specifically homework and preparing for exams
  4. Downtime: Rewind your brain, don’t think anything, don’t do anything, no plans, give your brain a short break
  5. Playtime: Being spontaneous, having fun, have a laughter, getting out of the seriousness of life
  6. Physical Time: Any activity where you move, walking, dancing. Moving grows your brain
  7. Connecting Time: Give and take, sharing your knowledge and experience, connecting in a positive way with people and the planet
Stress Management Techniques for Adolescents

How an Adolescent Coach Can Help?

Thinking about the time factor that a student spends in school, teachers do play a vital role in supporting them. However, having someone from outside the school setting, changes their mindset and gives them a safe space. The student can open up once the trust relationship has been established between the coach and the young person.

It is essential to support our young generation, as early as possible. With the right techniques and tools, to re-build their self-confidence, show them the way forward, prepare for life which can be unpredictable. And more Importantly, to be able to create healthy relationships firstly with yourself and others and to be able to heal yourself, knowing what is good for you and around you and what are the consequences.

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