Raising teens can be quite challenging, even for the calmest of parents.
High school drama, promo, a new car, sex, drugs, and the other challenges during this period can take a toll on your mental health. But while you’re adapting your parenting skills and trying all you can to ensure your teens grow up into awesome, functional, and respectful adults, you also have to look after yourself as well.
Managing your mental health and wellbeing
First, as parents raising teens, we have to understand that most of the behavioral issues most teens exhibit are part of the natural growth process. Many times, they may not actually be a sign of something very serious or dangerous.
But for the parent who still has to deal with other pressures from work to family commitments, relationships, other children, illness, and some other things, it’s possible to feel driven over the edge or become mentally exhausted.
Here are some things you can do to deal with these parenting challenges:
- Understand that this is a part of their growing up process;
- Don’t forget to set quality time aside for yourself even with your busy schedule. You can have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee alone, sit in the car alone for a few minutes to enjoy your favorite songs, decide to read a book or practice positive self-affirmations.
- Occasionally, give yourself permission to rest or even treat yourself to some of the things and activities you like.
- Find support from others by sharing your concerns with a support group, your partner, friends, or close relatives.
- If you’re continuously feeling anxious, panicky, depressed, or experiencing some other mental health issues, you should talk to your physician.
Teenagers may exhibit certain behaviors that may come across as worrying, baffling, or stressful. But it’s not like that’s who they are. There are a lot of physiological reasons that make them behave in these ways.
Oftentimes, these can be attributed to surging hormones, peer pressure, their sense of independence, and their struggle to find their identity, among other things. Hopefully, the tips above will help you stay sane and stable enough to maintain perfect mental health while you’re raising teens.