Help a depressed teen get Up and Moving—without nagging!

Most of us adults already know exercise can help youth when they’re feeling stressed, unhappy, or tired. But, when we tell them to get up and move, they ignore us or get upset!

When youth ignore our advice and don’t do the one thing we know would help them most, it’s easy to think that they’re just being “stubborn” or that they just don’t know how to take care of themselves. Often, our response is to tell them to get up, go outside, or take a break because we adults “know what’s best.”

The truth is, there are many reasons why a child might not want to get up and be active. Resorting to telling them what to do can miss an opportunity to meet their needs for Connection and Confidence.

So how can we meet our kids’ Physical Needs, and encourage them to get up and move, without stepping on their toes or causing offense? Discover 3 specific steps you can take (and phrases to say) to answer this question, by taking 5 minutes to read our latest EveryDay Strong article, “Help a depressed teen get Up and Moving, without nagging!”

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