by: Tara Dale LISW
The New Year is a time for celebration, new beginnings and goal setting. It can also be a time of high stress and anxiety for teens as they transition back to school. It is estimated that 1 in 3 adolescents will experience anxiety by the time they turn age 18 (NIHM, 2017). Setting resolutions and personal goals can be an exciting and empowering process but working towards the goal itself can be intimidating. Parents can support their teens in managing their anxiety by making checklists of priorities and using “SMART” goal setting steps to improve their ability to see progress overtime and increase the likelihood of success. Goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Limited. Parents should encourage their teens to celebrate small achievements until the final goal is met. Teens can also schedule breaks, stay hydrated, eat healthy meals regularly and get adequate sleep each day to ensure they are feeling their best while working towards personal and academic goals.