Create an Escape Plan
You need to deal with your problems and emotions, but that doesn’t mean you need to deal with your problems and emotions now. That small distinction is an important lesson you can teach your teen. When they are feeling overwhelmed, they are allowed to take a small, healthy break from their feelings in order to get breathing room and clarity. Help your teen plan their healthy escape now while things are calm. Good options include reading a chapter in a book, listening to three songs, or playing a video game for 10 minutes. It’s a mini vacation from stress.