Young adulthood is often riddled with stress, and teens don’t necessarily have the life experience to know that the stress will eventually pass. That’s where Amy Lorek, Ph.D., a researcher at the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State University, says that conversations with older, wiser folks about how they navigate stress can be helpful for teens feeling overwhelmed.
“There’s a lot of benefit from that exchange,” Lorek says. “It’s an opportunity to share and connect but is also an important opportunity to learn and benefit your health… There are gains that come with getting older, like perspective and understanding that some things come and go. You don’t get as worried about things you might have gotten worried about at an earlier age,” she tells mbg.