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Winter Break and Finals: 5 Ways to Encourage Your Teen

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With winter break on the horizon and final exams around the corner, it’s no surprise that your teen might be experiencing more stress and anxiety during this time of year.  There is a curriculum to cram, deadlines to meet, and pressure to do well on tests before leaving for the holiday break. Performing well on […]

Anxiety, Stress, and Your Teen: A Christmas Story

‘Tis the season to be merry and not so merry… As parents, we are painfully aware of the flu season, the never-ending Covid season, and the sadness and loneliness adults can feel this time of the year. Did you also know, however, that our teens also rank the winter months as the saddest time of […]

Bullying, Stress, and Your Teen Explained

Anti-bullying and prevention

World Kindness Day & Anti-Bullying Awareness Week With World Kindness Day on November 13th and Anti-Bullying Awareness Week taking place between November 14th and 18th, A Brighter Day is acknowledging, celebrating, and bringing awareness to these two special occasions. We hope you were able to do a kind act for yourself or for another person […]

How to Manage Stress: Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks

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During this time of year, it is normal and common to feel an increased level of stress.  Some things that can contribute to this include the holidays, finals at school, deadlines at work, and traveling to see family. While a low level of stress can be healthy to accomplish tasks, projects, and assignments, high levels of […]

Changing of Seasons and Mental Health: What’s The Link?

October is now here and we are quickly approaching the end of the year!  With Fall and Winter upon us, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. While there are many people who love the changing of seasons, there are also those whose mental health is impacted by this change. Seasonal […]

How Can You Benefit From Positive Psychology?

What is Positive Psychology? In simple terms, positive psychology is defined as “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008). It studies human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people […]

Therapy 101: Getting Started

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What Is Therapy? Therapy, also known as talk therapy and psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a mental health professional to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, illnesses, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body).  Some things therapy can address include: How Can You Benefit from Therapy? Whether you are involved in individual, couple, […]

It’s Back to School For Your Teens. Are You Ready For Their Anxiety?

Back to school teens

Has this felt like the shortest summer on record for your teen?  School begins in just a few days almost everywhere. It was only a few years ago that school systems decided to move the starting date of high school from the day after Labor Day to late August, to now the 2nd week of August. […]

Self-Care 101: Mind, Body, and Spirit

What is Self-Care? Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.  Simply put, self-care is a conscious act […]

Teen Therapy: 5 Steps for Parents

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Teen therapy for mental health can be a tough situation to handle. Kids are already reluctant to talk to their own parents, so the suggestion of talking to a professional may be less than enthusiastic. If you’ve already been struggling with your teen and have noticed signs they may be depressed, anxious, or suicidal, then it’s time to […]