Right now, so many adolescents and teens who I see in my practice are spending an enormous amount of time online and on social media. I worry about the impact on their mental health, but also know that for some it’s the best way to stay connected with their friends during COVID. This week’s blog provides some recommendations about what we can do to help our kids stay healthy online.
No doubt, 2020 has been hard for many families and Thanksgiving will probably look pretty different this year. Still, mental health experts recommend sticking to the holiday tradition in many homes of expressing what you are thankful for. Gratitude is good for you and practicing it can go a long way to making you feel more positive and less stressed.
If your teen or young adult appears to be having an extreme and prolonged stress reaction to life changes associated with COVID-19, if their behaviors and emotions are making it difficult for them to get through the day, it may be an indication that they are struggling with an adjustment disorder. This week’s blog covers what to look for and how to get help.
Debating politics over turkey and pie is a holiday tradition for many families. This year, after a historically divisive election season, those discussions could quickly become heated. Let’s arm ourselves with some strategies to keep our conversations civil and our Thanksgiving peaceful.
How are you coping with the challenges of 2020? Those with a high level of emotional resilience tend to deal with tough times and bounce back better than others. In this week’s, blog I focus on emotional resilience and what we can all do to strengthen it.