Mood Modulators TRY THESE STRATEGIES FOR KEEPING YOUR TEEN’S MOODS IN CHECK.
TRY THESE STRATEGIES FOR KEEPING YOUR TEEN’S MOODS IN CHECK.
By Gina Shaw
WATCH THEIR Zs
Mood and sleep are closely related. For teens, the sleep sweet spot is between eight and 10 hours a night. Everybody’s individual sleep needs differ, but if your teen is getting somewhere in that range, research shows that he or she is more likely to wake up on the right side of the bed.
LIMIT SCREEN TIME
Studies find that adolescents who spend more time texting, surfing the web, and posting on social media are less happy and satisfied with their lives. Non-screen activity, on the other hand, appears to correlate with greater happiness.
Positive moods are contagious in teens, studies show. If your teen spends time with friends who have a positive outlook, he or she is more likely to catch that sunny disposition.
USE HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES YOURSELF
When you’re stressed, do you go out for a run, grab a cup of coffee with a friend, or take time to meditate - or do you reach for a glass of wine? “Kids model what they learn from their parents,” says Cheung.
Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD
WebMD Medical Reviewer