It’s no secret teens aren’t as happy as they were before the pandemic. Online learning, the loss of sports and activities, and minimal socializing, lockdowns are especially rough during a time when trying to find an identity and gain independence from parents.
In a recent survey of 100 teens, 65% reported signs of depression, anxiety, and little to no exercise. These symptoms are even more apparent if the teen had preexisting mental health concerns.
It’s all no surprise that screen time is at an all-time high. Online learning, social media, gaming – teens are spending hours online to numb boredom and connect with others. Since the lockdowns, many parents went from limiting screen time to an “anything goes” environment, leaving teens in an ongoing screen spell. Here are some ways to break the habit:
- Be a role model, especially with your own screen time
- Find “non screen” activities
- Get healthy with food, exercise, and sleep
- Encourage new hobbies and sports
Kids are resilient, but now more than ever it’s important to pay attention to your teen’s mental health. Here are some red flags that should cause concern:
- Excessive worry or fear
- Mood swings
- Out of control behavior
If your teen is experiencing any of the above, reach out for support. At LifeStance Health, we can help keep you and your teen moving forward through the pandemic. Our therapists are trained to ease anxiety, depression, and help get behavior in control. Call us at 630-428-7890 or e-mail us below for an immediate appointment.