Managing Worries

Adolescence can be a challenging time, and many adolescents experience worry and anxiety. As parents, there are a few things we can do to support our kids through these difficulties:

Firstly, it's important to recognise that worry and anxiety are normal parts of the teenage experience. It's okay for adolescents to feel anxious or worried, and it's important to let them know that these feelings are valid.

Secondly,  support them by creating a safe and supportive home environment where their emotions are valued and respected. Listening actively and empathetically is key here - letting them know that you're there for them and that you care about how they're feeling can go a long way.

Thirdly, develop the coping strategies that work for them. This might include things like mindfulness practices, breathing exercises, or physical activity. Encouraging healthy habits like eating well, getting enough sleep, and regular exercise can also be helpful.

Here's our emotion coaching steps. 

The brain's contribution
The strategies
Finding courage
Other things

Big emotions

For this developmental stage, big emotions are really normal! It's a time when they are going through a lot of changes, both physically and emotionally, and it can be a really confusing and overwhelming time for them. They are starting to develop their own sense of identity and are navigating new social situations, which can lead to a lot of ups and downs. On top of that, their brains are still developing, which means they might not have all the tools yet to manage their emotions well. Just remember that it's all part of a journey, and they will learn how to handle their feelings with time and your support.

Here's our emotion coaching steps.

Be supportive
Brain development
Modelling our own reactions
The self-conscious teen
Keep being there