The changes associated with the middle school years are often stressful for kids. With bodily changes, increased work load and more responsibility, adjusting to the changes experienced during this time period can heighten stress levels, which can contribute to breakouts. Often the onset breakouts can generate additional stress for kids, therefore creating a cycle.
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With acne stress out of the way, Dr. Kathleen Gouley offers tips to help reduce the other stressors in a middle schooler’s life.
Sleep is of the utmost importance and often isn’t emphasized enough to middle school aged children. Most don’t realize that a lack of sleep is a primary cause of stress which can be easily addressed. Children in this heavy growth period need 8-10 hours minimum of sleep a night.
Tip: Judge what time children need to be up in the morning and work backwards from that time to determine bedtime.
Communication with parents is vital to help children unwind and decompress from their day, but often adults make the mistake of “peppering” kids with questions, which can cause frustration and lead to additional stress.
Tip: Open the lines of communication by phrasing questions as statements, i.e. “I remember you had a test today” not “how did your test go?” Create a dialogue by discussing how your day went as well.
Parents should teach children how to prioritize and set appropriate examples on how to juggle workload and activities. Traditionally children come home, decompress, have some playtime prior to dinner and then do work, but with demands and after school activities this method is not always efficient. If there is no time due to activities, children are overstretched and activities need to be re-prioritized.
Tip: Establish a time and place for children to do work. Make this allocated area “their place.” Providing a small desk and necessary tools helps children become more efficient.
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