Stress for teens during COVID may be even greater than for younger children. Adolescents depend on social interaction, especially social interaction with peers, for support, for guidance, for their on-going development and making sense of the world. With the COVID pandemic and its need for physical distancing, typical peer interactions are disrupted. Helping teens maintain daily routines, physical activity or sports involvement, friendships, and their ability to share their lives with each other is important. Good sleep routines, healthy eating and getting physical activity can all be helpful.
Talking to teens about their stress, about sadness, depression, unhealthy behaviors such as substance use or restrictive eating is very important. Share your concerns and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your pediatrician can help.