Balancing Mental Health Care With The Challenge Of The Teenage Years
The teenage years are tough. Puberty, growing as a person and a range of other expectations placed on you can lead any young person to become frayed at the edges. Nobody is their perfect selves when they are a teenager, and in fact some people don’t learn how to fully embody who they are until decades later. Why then, do we expect teenagers to make so many life-oriented decisions during this time? It’s no wonder many of them feel worried about what lays ahead.
As a parent, a teenager yourself, or perhaps an older sibling, seeing this process of a changing and growing life becoming frayed can lead you to be concerned about their mental health. Balancing mental health care is essential, but how does that content with the challenge of the teenage years, and how might someone go about getting through this time with more than just survival, but the intention to thrive? We think we might have some excellent tips to bestow, and we hope they help you no matter what situation you find yourself in:
Show Them Their Inner Worth
Teens are often pulled by labels. This is because when you’re a young person, you have a relatively limited understanding of who you are. This is how ‘phases’ occur, and how teenagers latch onto anything that helps them feel wanted, loved and important. Teens often find themselves drawn to music scenes because this also helps them define their feelings. This isn’t to say teenagers are misguided or silly for wanting these things, this is an incredible natural need in a world that can sometimes feel impartial or even uncaring. The best thing you can do as a parent is to show them their inner worth. Encourage them. Show them what they should be proud of, and tell them you are proud of them. Let them know they can do anything they wish, and you will support that healthy ambition. When they know their inner worth, they’ll have to reach out for it less.
Get Them The Help They Need
The flipside of this balance is to ensure you do not brush off the troubles your teen is facing by simply telling them they are just “part” of the teenage years. It might be your child needs true teen anxiety treatment, or perhaps help with the fundamental cause of depression they might be experiencing. Do not marginalize them, and listen to them when they say something is wrong. This can help them open up to you in future with confidence.
Help Them Get Good At Something
The teenage years are an intense time, and it’s helpful to allow them something they can lose their ambition in. Helping them with instrumental lessons, or taking them to a martial arts class, or helping them drive when the time comes, or perhaps signing them up for animation courses can help them get good at their interests. It will help them generate self-confidence and once again walk away from the labels put on them by their peers. But let them grow in this naturally, and never act in a pushy manner.
With these tips, your teen will be able to balance mental health care with the challenge of the teenage years.