Strategies to Overcome Grumpiness in Teens
Teenage moodiness is something we are all familiar with, but we dread it none-the-less. The once sweet little child that looked to you for everything, comfort, support, help..they have grown into a teenager.
Along with this radical physical change, the emotional and mental changes can be more of a challenge. Particularly difficult can be the moodiness of your teen.
Mood swings are often short lived, they eventually pass. It can be difficult to deal with. So what can you do to help your young adult? What strategies can you develop to overcome your teenager's moodiness?
To begin, it should be noted that the role you play may feel like it no longer matters. What you say seems to fall on deaf ears. Take heart and know that while your teenager may be experiencing changes and want more independence, you still have a great influence on them.
It is for this reason that you need to keep communication open. Try to remember what it was like for you during these tumultuous years.
For our minds and bodies to function at their best, certain things are necessary. For one, have your teen get enough rest. This is important for all, but especially teenagers.
Their minds and bodies are going through a lot. Sufficient rest will help lessen the fatigue and some resulting mood swings. Eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise is a good idea too. Hormones are raging at this point in development. Exercise and diet can help regulate some of the extremes experienced by these changing hormone levels.
Strategies to Help Teens
Help your teen to find a creative outlet. The emotional storm that often brews in a young mind at this time can benefit from a way to let it out. These feelings can at times be hard to express to another in everyday conversation. Painting, creating, music or writing can help a young one get feelings out.
An important strategy to keep in mind with regards to teenage moodiness, is that these mood swings pass. Normally they come and go quickly. It is helpful (for all involved) to keep calm, and not overreact. Try to keep in mind that the moodiness and actions attached to it, are not personal.
Remember that you have raised your child to become an independent well adjusted member of society. They are at a time in their development where they are trying to prepare for this.
Managing their own social life, their appearance and dealing with the constant onslaught of emotions can take its toll. Do your best to be understanding. If they feel you know what they are experiencing, chances are life will run a little smoother for the both of you.
A word of caution should be noted. If your teenager is showing signs of depression, or if mood swings seem to last a long time, talk of suicide and other problems, seek professional help.
You can survive these fragile times. Developing strategies to cope with teenage moodiness will help the whole family. Raising a responsible adult is certainly possible and within reach.