Stressors for a high school student
For a teenager just starting high school or returning to a larger city for a new school year, all of the changes that occur can make them feel very anxious, and can lead to major culture shock. All of these feelings and emotions can hit them hard, emotionally and physically. It is common for high school students to feel:
· lost and confused
· lonely and unhappy
· a longing for their community, family members, and friends
· worried that they will not be able to cope with the new demands
· worried that they will not "fit in"
Signs of stress
Some ways in which teenagers show their stress, include:
· irritability and short-tempered
· disagreeableness or not wanting to talk
· drastically changing behavior
· stomach pains, headaches, or not wanting to go to school
How can parents help?
Parents, of course, experience stress as well. Parents may struggle when their teens leave the community, have an abundance of homework, and when school can be such a major source of stress for their teenagers. However, parents can help ease their teenager’s transition (and their own) by being open and understanding. Here are some tips that parents can implement to help their teenager adjust to their new environment:
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