Struggles Facing Teenage Girls Today
Teenage girls have more struggles than many people realize. They are at a point in their lives where not only are they enduring significant changes internally, but they also face an immense amount of stress.
Understanding this stress, where it comes from, and how to manage it can improve a teen’s quality of life. When you can understand the impact stress has on your teenager, it is easier to help them overcome it. As you guide your teen to learn how to cope with their struggles, they grow into healthier and more successful adults.
How Are Teenage Girls Struggling?
You might think that teens have it easy, not yet having adult responsibilities. However, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. Teenagers, especially girls, are at a stage in their growth where their hormones leave them emotional and sensitive. Additionally, social environments everywhere, from school to the internet, can impact their self-esteem, happiness, anxiety, and more.
Young adults also begin to take on more responsibilities like work, the idea of college, and maybe even relationships. For all of this to start as they deal with rapidly changing bodies and minds is a lot for anyone.
Too much stress at this age can lead teenagers to develop mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Most psychological problems tend to show their first symptoms during teenagedom. From there, facing stress, mental health conditions, the stigma surrounding them, and treatment can be more than any teenager can realistically handle alone.
Learning healthy coping skills does not always come naturally to teenagers. They are in a transitional stage where they face a lot a once and often need extra attention and guidance to overcome such struggles.
Why Teenage Girls Feel Stressed
With the internet and social media being what it is, teenagers have access to constant stressors. For teenage girls especially, social media shows a skewed reality regarding body image. Everything from acne to stretch marks and body shapes are edited to meet society’s ideal. This constant intake of edited and curated content often leads to a massive dip in body satisfaction among teen girls. According to an article from 2018 in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, approximately 77.6% of girls have body image dissatisfaction. This alone leads to a great deal of turmoil for young women.
Teenagers have a lot going on. At a time in their lives when they should be enjoying themselves, girls are faced with enormous obstacles that culminate in immense stress, such as:
- Academics and the prospect of college
- Drama within friend groups
- Peer pressure
- Responsibilities beyond school like work, extracurriculars, and family obligations
- Romantic relationships
- Family financial struggles
- Low self-esteem
- Puberty and other bodily or hormonal changes
The Impact of Stress on Teenage Girls
These stressors can make teen girls feel tired and significantly impact their physical and mental well-being. Body image dissatisfaction and environmental stress can result in severe issues like depression or eating disorders. This risk is not to be ignored, as eating disorders can be lifelong and immensely dangerous.
The way teens respond to stress is different from adults. Teens’ brains are still developing. While an adult may be able to rationalize or realize that a problem can be solved, it can be much more emotionally intense for a teenager. When teenagers face struggles, they often don’t yet have healthy coping skills. Teens are also less likely to reach out for help from their parents or friends because they desire independence or fear failure and disappointment, so they internalize issues, which can make them worse.
It isn’t just the problematic struggles that teens face but the stress reactions from teens that make such issues worse. As a parent, getting involved in your child’s well-being is vital to their ability to overcome such struggles.
How to Help Teenager Girls Destress
The leading causes of teen mental health issues and stress are treatable. You can help your teenager become resilient and self-sufficient through practices and professional interventions, such as:
Remind your teenager that you are there to talk with them about any subject without judging them. When a teenager knows you are a means of support and acceptance, they are more likely to seek out your guidance than try to handle their struggles alone. This also builds trust in your relationship.
Speak About Common Teenage Struggles
Make sure your teenager is aware that much of what they see in the media isn’t real. Make sure they know how to identify problematic diet culture, edited photos, and like counts. Remind them that they are worthy of attention, love, and respect just as they are.
Do not expect your teen to know how to handle everything that comes their way. They may struggle to balance a job and school with friendships and socializing. Realize they will make mistakes and try not to hold it against them.
Discuss Mental Health
Make sure that mental health is not a taboo subject in your home. Since anxiety and depression are so prevalent, your teen must not feel ashamed of such feelings but know they have someone to talk to about them.
There are many struggles facing teenage girls today, many of which are unavoidable but can be managed. As a parent, you want to protect your child from struggling, but trouble is inevitable. However, you can help her learn how to cope with stress so that she can develop into a well-balanced adult. At Havenwood Academy, we take great care to ensure that teenage girls are listened to and heard. We want to use our tools to help them thrive in any circumstances that come their way. We are not here to fix teen girls’ problems for them but to work with them and you to find solutions and methods of handling stress. We want you and your family to feel capable and confident in handling stress. Call Havenwood Academy at (435) 586-2500 now so we can help you get started.
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