8 Things to Say to Your Stressed-Out Teen

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  • The pressure to succeed in school and get into a good college
  • The deep need to fit in among their peer groups 
  • The self and peer-induced expectation of being a perfect Instagram person
  • The pressure that came from prior COVID lockdowns
  • More access to media and technology
  • Maintaining school, work, and extracurricular activities

1.“Everything is Going to Be Alright.”

2. “I’m Here for You.”

3. “I Love You.”

4. “Take a Deep Breath.”

5. “Just Focus on the Next Thing.”

Teens are often overwhelmed by the number of things they’re juggling. Sometimes, it helps to remind them to just focus on the next thing they need to accomplish. One thing at a time.

6. “I’m Already Proud of You.”

7. “What Can You Do to Change the Situation?”

8. “How About Some Ice Cream?”

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