Working with Grief and Anxiety during the Holidays

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Statistics show the holiday season is a difficult time for many people for a number of reasons.
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Resilience and Grit: What is it and Why does it matter

It’s Spring Break, and then…the final push. Grit is a particularly important topic during this season, where teens begin to experience the end-of-year slump. Between holidays, midterms, and school fatigue, teens and young adults are feeling less inspired around academic, career, and personal goals. In this series, we are going to explore the benefits of sticking with it through the hard times, and the gifts that present themselves when you keep going.

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Teen High Risk Behavior

High-risk refers to severe multiple risk factors with few protective factors to mitigate adverse outcomes. It encompasses behaviors that can result in adverse consequences that outweigh the potential gains and may delay or harm adolescent development.

During the process of growing from a child to adult, adolescents may make choices that could put their health and wellbeing at risk.

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Pessimism in Teens

Learned helplessness happens when a person is repeatedly exposed to stressors outside of their control. The person feels powerless and does not attempt to make changes to alter their environment or experience. Learned helplessness can sound like: “My day was bad as usual.” Or “What’s the use, why bother?”Characteristics of learned helplessness include:

Are you procrastinating?

“I want to finish my homework and go to bed, but before I know it, I was scrolling on my phone for 2 hours.” Follow these tips: 1. Ask: What is the benefit of my procrastinating? (eg. I can scroll) 2. Ask: What does procrastination cost you? (e.g., I want to sleep, but because I procrastinated, I have to stay up late to finish my homework.) 3. Do: Break it down into little tasks. What’s the first thing you need to do to get started? (Sharpen pencils. 1 page/problem at a time.) 4. Do: Plan for the distractors that may come up when you are working – before you start the work. (eg. My phone is a distraction, so I will leave it in the kitchen while I do my homework in my room.)

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