It’s very common for young people to feel stressed out, and while stress is a normal part of life, at one point it can start to affect their everyday lives. In 2015, a Mission Australia study found that almost 40 per cent of 15 to 19-year-old Australians are very concerned about their ability to cope with stress.
Common things that stress teens out include homework, exams, pressure to do well academically, friendships, relationships and life challenges, such as getting accepted into a university or finding employment. Traumatic events, family problems and worrying about the future can also be big stressors.
Help your teen cope by reminding them they’re not alone, to get plenty of sleep and take care of their body by exercising and eating healthy. Encourage them to reach out to yourself, a teacher or trusted friend if they’re feeling stressed.