Mood swings are an inseparable part of growing up. From sudden highs to sudden lows, they often make teenagers highly irritable. Also, their behavior becomes unpredictable. This is the period when hormones go on a wild ride and break a havoc on your teenager.
Dealing with your teenage mood swings can be difficult. If you are concerned over this issue and find yourself at a loss, here is a post to help you deal with your teenager mood swings better.
What Causes Mood Swings In Teenagers?
The best way to solve a problem is knowing its cause first.
- Your teenager’s body undergoes a lot hormonal changes during puberty.
- Sex hormones – testosterone and oestrogen – together rewire the emotional processing parts of your teenager’s brain.
- This results in your teenager trying to be more independent. On the other hand, he/she gets confused because you don’t seem to give him that responsibility yet.
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Ways On How To Deal With Teenage Mood Swings:
There sure are a few useful ways of dealing with mood swings in teenagers.
1. They Need Space:
- Admit the fact that your teenager is growing up.
- He/she is transiting from being completely dependent to being independent.
- Give your teenager his/her time alone. It is important.
2. Pay Attention To What You Feed:
- Hormones get nasty on a fatigued mind and body.
- Make sure your teenager eats properly.
- Include healthy foods, vegetables, fruits and fluids in the diet.
- Proper consumption of water is a must.
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3. Encourage Healthy Lifestyle:
- Limit your teenager’s junk intake.
- Improper sleep is the biggest trigger of mood swings.
- Maintain a scheduled sleeping and waking up time.
- Encourage your teenager to exercise every single day.
- Encourage to play more outdoor games.
4. Let Your Teenager Be:
- Mood swings are unavoidable.
- Do not try to correct your teenager all the time.
- Let your teenager be the way he/she wants to be.
- Too much interference may irritate even more.
- Too much interference or being judgmental may even affect your teenager’s self-confidence.
5. Have Patience:
- Teenage is just a phase and we all have been through it.
- Remember your own teenage years and recollect how difficult it had been for you too.
- Deal patiently, this phase shall also pass.
- Control your anger the most.
- Encourage healthy discussion rather than arguing or screaming.
- Try to set examples rather than dictating.
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6. Involve Other Adult:
- One of the best ways of dealing with your teenager is getting him/her to speak to some other adult.
- Your teenager might feel shy or hesitant in sharing all problems with you.
- By involving other adult, you ensure your teenager the freedom of not being judged by you.
- This somewhat might ease your teenager and let him/her pour out in front of others freely.
- Other adults might help your teenager without panicking, which you might.
7. Seek Professional Help:
- If your teenager happens to run into a problem that you cant deal with, seek professional help.
- Mood swings may get worse and might lead your teenager into something harmful at times.
- In a fit of rage, teenagers tend to make wrong judgement and decisions.
- It is highly advised to ring the alarm of professional help before it gets too late.
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8. Limit Your Teenager’s Screen Time:
- Make sure your teenager doesn’t end up being a couch potato.
- Instead of letting your teenager spend too much time on laptop or watching TV, encourage book reading.
- Get involved with your teenager over weekends for some outdoor sport.
- Try to involve your teenager to help you with household chores.
- Get into habit of sharing your own teenage problems with your teenager.
- Hear your teenager patiently, that’s all he/she might need.
- Make sure you encourage more family time along with ‘Me’ time and ‘Friends’ time.
- Your teenager must learn to strike a balance between social, family, friends and personal time.
Apart from these solutions, it is important for you to identify difference between mood swings and depression. If your teenager isn’t showing interest in anything right from social life, friends, food, sleep, family and is often found to be at a loss or teary eyed, mood swings might not be the reason.
Under such circumstances, seek professional help at once. The more you listen and talk, the better. Weigh your words before saying anything. Your teenager might be very sensitive at this time of his/her. You sure don’t want to hurt your teenager uselessly. Teenage is the most beautiful and crucial part of your teenager’s life. Make it worthwhile!
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