As holidays approach, my thoughts turn to the “mixed bag” that the holiday season can produce. Positive elements, such as celebration, connecting with family, and spiritual reflection are often rivaled by feelings of anxiety, strain and even painful memories. I would like to offer 3 tips for parents on how to negotiate common “Holiday Challenges”.
Here are four strategies to help you ground and relax when you feel stress in your body. Practice and enjoy these gifts to yourself. 1. Grounding: It’s amazing what 30 seconds of sensing gravity can do. The next time you feel charged up or stressed out, see if you can feel the weight of your
WHAT IS ANXIETY? Anxiety is a NORMAL EMOTION that helps us cope with difficult, challenging, or dangerous situations. Anxiety is COMMON in regular life and can help us get things done or warns us when there is a problem (example: worry about getting a good grade on a test can help motivate us to study
Assembled by Dr. Melissa Johnson It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve been reflecting on the many families I’ve known who have had to face a cancer journey of one kind or another. When a parent receives a cancer diagnosis of his or her own, there are a million feelings and thoughts, not the least
Courtesy of Michael D. Yapko, PH. Here is a valuable list of website resources regarding bullying and how to make a difference. These resources will be of interest to parents, teachers and even young people. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/ Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center – The National Bullying Prevention month campaign was started by this organization in 2006.
Instead of a New Year’s Resolution to change your body, I challenge you and your friends (make it a group project!) to have a resolution of loving the body you have. This may be the more difficult resolution of the two! To get started, you might want to check out the article and activities in Making
Being a teenager is challenging enough without adding in feeling lousy about our bodies. If you find yourself in a circle of friends who spend time body bashing, consider creating a body positive circle. This is the time to break out your lists from Body Talk with Friends Exercise 1 – Friendship Circles to remind
Think of all the good things about your friendships! What’s fun about your friends? Why do you look forward to seeing them? What exciting things do you do together? Now, write all of those good things about your friendships in one of the circles that you can print out here. You can write the words in
This activity gives you a chance to pay attention to what kind of body talk happens with you and your friends. What kinds of conversations do you and your friends have about your bodies? When I talk with teens, they often tell me about conversations that have to do with: • Comparing clothing sizes or
Introduction: Our circle of friends is often a safe place to feel included and accepted. We can laugh. We can cry. We can roll our eyes with our friends. What happens when our friendly conversations turn into body bashing–or what I call negative body talk? Ever heard (or made) comments like: “I hate how my