Family therapist, author, and teenage stress management expert Jodi Aman joins Mighty Mommy to offer compassionate advice for helping your teen manage their anxiety.
Anxiety and self-doubt can be such bullies.
"I know I'm going to flunk my Algebra II test, Mom. I stink at math, and I'm never going to get it. Why even bother studying?"
That's what my daughter screeched as she slammed her bedroom door. Then, she hid there for the rest of the night, not even coming out for dinner.
Outbursts like this were the norm for my now 25-year-old daughter throughout middle and high school. As encouraging as I tried to be, I felt helpless when she struggled to manage schoolwork and studying while trying to keep her life together during those pivotal teen years.
I interviewed Jodi Aman, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. Jodi just released a new book—Anxiety ... I'm So Done with You: A Teen's Guide to Ditching Toxic Stress and Hardwiring Your Brain for Happiness. During our chat, she offered useful tools for parents to help their teenagers manage stress and feelings of inadequacy so they can feel happy and empowered, instead.
Jodi has a strong message for teens: "You are adaptable and powerful!" Tune in to Jodi's helpful insights by clicking the audio player above or listening on your favorite podcast platform. In the interview, you'll learn:
- How Gen Z's mental health challenges differ from other generations
- What anxiety is and how teens can know if they're struggling with it
- A formula for Gen Z happiness (Hint: It's easier than you think!)
- Tips to help teens gain control of their lives when they feel like they're losing it
- Daily practices to help your teenager quickly rewire their brain for happiness
- How social media affects mental health and what to do about it
- Everyday practices to help your teen raise their self-confidence
Learn more about Jodi and her new book at jodiaman.com.