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From Spring to Summer: Helping Your Teen Manage

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As March arrives with blooming flowers, the anticipation of summer break and, for seniors, the leap towards college life intensifies. This period is filled with both excitement and adjustments. How can you support your teen’s emotional well-being during this time?

The Emotional Landscape: Understanding Your Teen’s Feelings

Have you engaged in deep conversations with your teen about the upcoming shifts in their life? Seniors face emotional upheavals as they prepare to bid farewell to friends and their familiar school environment. This can lead to stress and, in some cases, depression. The absence of daily interactions with friends during summer can also lead to feelings of isolation. Remember, the risk of teen depression does not fluctuate with the seasons – but our support can make a difference.

Strategies for Emotional Support: Enhancing Communication

Reflecting on our own youth, it’s essential to recognize that the feelings of isolation might be more pronounced for today’s teens. Here’s how you can help:

1. Encourage Open Dialogue

  • Cell Phone-Free Dinners: Use meal times to foster meaningful conversations. Our recent initiative has successfully engaged 309 teens, underscoring the value of direct communication.

2. Professional Support

  • Complimentary Zoom Counseling: Visit our website www.abrighterday.info/virtual-therapy to access 90 days of free counseling with licensed therapists.
  • Local Support: Consider scheduling a session with a local therapist for personalized support.

3. Explore Resources Together

4. Be Aware of Depression Signs

  • Stay alert to changes that may indicate depression, such as alterations in eating and sleeping patterns, mood swings, withdrawal, and a noticeable decrease in interest or enthusiasm.

Closing Thoughts

As the school year wraps up, it’s a period of joy and apprehension. By engaging proactively, we can ensure our teens navigate these changes confidently. For more guidance on how to support yout teen’s emotional well-being this spring, please reach out to us at 510-206-1103 or elliot@abrighterday.info.

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