The teen mood is infamously unstable. Teens not only have a high load of stress, but they have puberty on top of all of that. Puberty is the main cause of those nasty teen mood swings experienced often. So how can you help relieve teen mood swings? Psychology Today recently wrote an article outlining ways to improve your teen’s mood and keep their brain healthy and happy.
Improving teen mood by rewiring the brain
No, this isn’t brainwashing–well, it’s kind of positive brainwashing. These tips for helping your teen’s mood swings will help your teen cope with their mood swings in a more effective and efficient way. The tips trigger your brain to release “happy chemicals” which help improve the adult or teen mood. These can not only improve your teen’s mood, they can improve yours, too!
- Think about your best self. By focusing on what you have rather than what you lack, you can get your brain to release serotonin (the “happy” chemical) to get yourself from down in the dumps to happy!
- You’re frustrated because it’s easy. It’s easy to get frustrated, but just remember when you’re frustrated it’s merely a product of electricity flowing through your brain. By focusing on a positive new choice every day for 45 days, you can get the electricity to flow to a different part of your brain, thus improving mood.
- Don’t forget to laugh. Laughing really is some of the best medicine. It releases endorphins–which make you happy.
- Offer up rewards. The idea of a reward being at the end of a long tunnel can really improve teen mood. For example, tell your teen you’ll pay $5 for every A they get–that’ll motivate them and get the dopamine to kick in (making you happier in general).
If your teen’s mood swings are out of control and disrupting daily life, it could be an indicator of something much worse. In this case, it’s important to seek out professional guidance on what steps to take in order to help your child reach their full potential in life.