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How Gratitude Can Get You Through the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner. ‘Tis the season to be jolly—so why is it that we sometimes feel melancholy during the most wonderful time of the year? The truth is, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Eve can be a demanding time for many reasons. Between spending an extended amount of time […]

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Divorced Parents

The holiday season is rolling in, and you know what that means – neighborhoods are lighting up like a Christmas tree, menorahs shining through windows, and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the cutest doggos rocking their holiday sweaters. But hey, let’s be real – if you’re surviving the holidays with divorced […]

31 Mental Health Hacks to Relieve Your Holiday Anxiety

Teen during the holidays

Anxiety. It’s a totally natural, normal, expected response to the dizzying blur of activities that happen each holiday season. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less painful or convenient. But with an arsenal of grounding exercises under your belt, you can bring down your anxiety to a manageable level before the point of no […]

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 […]

Is Thanksgiving Good For Your Teen’s Well-Being?

Teen Thanksgiving

It’s a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. It means lots of family around the dinner table. It means terrific food that we only eat once a year.  It means different pies for an unlimited dessert. It means watching the NFL all day. And for teens, it means a long weekend of […]

It’s 2021: Time to Reunite With Your Teen

New reports say teens are now spending 9 hours of their awake time consuming media. For tweens, the average daily screen time is 4 hours and 44 minutes. For teens, that number spikes to 7 hours and 22 minutes. These numbers are reported by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents and […]

How to Talk to Someone Going Through a Hard Time

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… … Except when you have the winter blues, the pandemic has disrupted your lifestyle, and you’re feeling lonely, sad, or anxious. Even though it’s common to feel sad around the holidays, it doesn’t make it any less challenging to deal with, or even talk about. Looking at […]

7 Tips for Keeping Happiness in the Holidays

teen holiday stress 2021

The holiday season is upon us once again. You might find yourself balancing your time between schoolwork, spending time with friends, hanging out with family, and maybe even attending a holiday gathering or two. At some point, you might start feeling a little stressed out from: Overscheduling, overindulging, and overspending Too much time with family […]

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Mental Health and COVID

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2020 is over and it has been challenging for most of us. But we also need to shed light on the silent sufferers: our youth, especially our teens.  Not too long ago, I was approached by a parent whose child’s friend spoke about committing suicide and wished they had never been born. The child is […]

It’s Holiday Season… A Stressful Season for Teens, Too

We’re all aware of adult depression and suicide during the holiday season.  Numbers are always off the charts and way too high.   But are you also aware of how the holiday season affects teens? Especially during this COVID-19 period when socialization and friendship for teens is at an all-time low, we must not forget […]