Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Instagram. Reddit. Smartphones. We may sometimes wonder how we ever lived without our phones and social media. However, more and more, we are also finding ourselves desperately seeking ways to live happily with them. Studies correlate rising social network use with everything from higher body-mass indexes to increased credit card debt to lower self-esteem. A recent study conducted in 2019, with students in grades 7 to 10 […]

When Worry Rules: 5 Ways to Manage Obsessive Thinking

When Worry Rules: 5 Ways to Manage Obsessive Thinking

When you begin to worry, can you feel it taking over, pushing out anything else that requires your attention? Obsessive thinking can be annoying in the least and debilitating at worst. Yet, there are ways that you can gain control over your obsessive thinking to keep it at bay. Obsessive Thinking Tip #1:  Give it A Funny Name In the book “Talking Back TO OCD,” the authors talk about giving […]

Parenting Teens: Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen

Parenting Teens: Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen

Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen Contrary to conventional wisdom, when parenting teens, communicating does not have to feel like pulling teeth, nor does it have to make you pull your hair out. A child’s teen years are often the most challenging period for parents—not to mention the teens. However it’s also an opportunity for increased closeness and growth in the parent/teen relationship, as teens develop their own […]

Test Anxiety Management 101

You’ve participated in class, done all of your homework, studied hard, and you think you have a grip on the material. But then the day of the test comes. Your professor is passing out the exams, and now you really start to panic.  You think to yourself, “Did I study enough”, “Did I get enough sleep”, “Did I bring a snack?”  “Wait….”  “Did I even remember to eat breakfast?”  All these things rush through your […]

Five Ways to Keep Communication Strong When Times are Tough

Five Ways to Keep Communication Strong When Times are Tough

Good communication, even during the best of times can be challenging. Nearly all of us bring bad habits, fears, insecurities, anxieties, and “baggage” to our communication styles, no matter how well things are going in our lives. When the going gets rough, though, it can be harder than ever to maintain healthful communication. Job loss, illness, a new baby, caring for elderly parents, and financial troubles are just a few […]

Need a Boost? Four Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Need a Boost? Four Ways to Build Self-Confidence

As humans, we tend to be hard on ourselves by nature — dwelling on our flaws, mistakes, and shortcomings rather than striving to see the good. While it’s normal and potentially constructive to recognize your imperfections, consistently being unkind to yourself takes its toll on your psyche, and on your overall attitude. If you’re prone to seeing the negative, improving your self-esteem can feel like an uphill battle. The way […]