How to Handle Teenage Emotions
The teen years are filled with physical and emotional changes – and supporting teens through these tumultuous years can feel physically and emotionally challenging for adults!
We see our teens struggle with managing their emotions. They may be dealing withstress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Here are some creative ways to help teens manage their emotions:
Practice mindfulness Mindfulness is a great way to help teens manage their emotions. Encourage them to practice mindful breathing or meditation. There are several apps available that can guide them through meditation, such as Headspace and Calm.
Get them involved in physical activities Physical activity is a great way to release tension and improve mood. Encourage your teen to get involved in a sport or any physical activity they enjoy. This can be anything from going for a walk or run, playing a game of basketball, or practicing yoga.
Teach them relaxation techniques Teach your teen relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization. These techniques can help them calm down when they’re feeling anxious or stressed.
Encourage creative outlets Encourage your teen to engage in creative outlets such as painting, drawing, or writing. Creative activities can help them express their emotions and reduce stress.
Offer professional help If your teen is struggling with their emotions and mental health, consider seeking professional help. Talk to a therapist or a mental health professional who can provide additional support and guidance.
Encourage journaling Encourage your teen to write down their feelings in a journal. Writing down their emotions can help them process and understand what they’re feeling. It can also be a great outlet for stress and anxiety. You can provide a notebook and encourage them to write about their day, their feelings, or anything that’s on their mind.
Empower yourself Every teen is unique and has individual needs. If you’d like to learn more about how to inspire your teen to use his/her/their natural creativity to manage emotions, we have a fast and easy solution. We created a course for adults (and young leaders too!) on creative ways to help teens manage their emotions
This course has helped teachers, counselors, parents, and even young leaders find just the right approach for teenagers.
We hope these creative ways to help teens manage their emotions are helpful. Remember, it’s important to create a safe and supportive environment for teens to express themselves and seek help when needed.
Dream Up Now: A teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery features 18 recognized leaders in the arts exploring 36 dark and light emotions.
It combines emotional and social wellness skills with engagement in various art forms helpful for teenagers and young leaders.
Thank you for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts about SEL! Please reach out with your stories, advice, and ideas. We’re partners in SEL education. Serving the well-being of teens and the adults who love them, Rayne