Parenting tips: How to raise a mentally resilient teenager

From learning to be self-aware to developing productive habits, here are tips for parents to raise a mentally resilient teenager,

Published on Dec 03, 2022 08:18 PM IST 6 Photos

"Most parents want to enable healthy growth environments for their kids. But what they often forget is that parenting requires hard work, more on themselves than on their children. And that every child comes with their own set of strengths, experiences and inhibitions," says Ishan Shivanand, Founder of Yoga of Immortals.(Pexels)

"Like adults, children too, are susceptible to mental health conditions. Exam and academic stress, peer and social media pressure, unhealthy relationships, abuse, trauma, bullying etc. are capable of setting the stage for mental health concerns. Some of the known issues among teens include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), substance abuse, anxiety, depression and insomnia," says Shivanand. Here’s what parents can do to support resilient lifestyles for their teenagers.(Pexels)

"Acknowledge and celebrate their presence. While moving beyond the logical and helicopter parenting mind frames, you’ll observe that your children are always in the process of change and their growth and development is never at the final stage," according to the Yoga expert.(Pexels)

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Allow behavioral modification through yoga-based meditative modalities: For teenagers to build a sense of self-worth and appreciation, they need to become self-aware and work on a thriving relationship with themselves. Yoga can empower them not only to move beyond their comfort zone and reverse bad habits, but also improve their quality of life and relationships.(Pixabay)

Let them prioritise productive habits: A child’s routine can make or break them. Help them decode the kind of habits that can aid them in performing at their highest potential. Journaling and visualisation are incredible manifestation tools that can build their self-esteem. Teach them the values of gratitude, forgiveness, acceptance and unconditional love for a fulfilling and peaceful life.(Pexels)

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